Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan
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Nancy Grant – May 4, 2009

May 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Oregon Community

I have a heart for Africa. It started many years ago when I dreamed of going there on a safari. In more recent years it has evolved to a love of the African people and a desire to do service work there. I’ve been appalled as I’ve learned about the genocides, the brutal rapes – often with a strategy to spread aids, and the displacements that too many African countries have experienced. I’ve also been inspired by the glimpses I’ve read and heard of their resilience, their spirit, their determination, and their forgiveness. Seven years ago I went to the holocaust museum in Washington D.C. and bought a pin that said “Never Again”. Not long after I heard Vicky Trabosh speak and first learned that in 1994 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days and the world did nothing to stop it. I thought of that pin. Never again? I’m appalled that genocide is happening again – only this time it’s Darfur and is slower. It started in ’03 under the Sudan presidency of General Omar al-Bashir. By 2005 nearly half a million people had died. A year ago it was an additional 300,000 people. 2.7 million people have been displaced. On March 4th the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir for crimes again humanities and war crimes. He retaliated by ousting 16 humanitarian aid organizations which has created dire conditions for the millions of displaced camp dwellers. President Obama appointed an envoy for Sudan and is doing a policy review. He has made it clear his administration will work vigorously to bring an end to the war, but there is no time left. The policy review needs to happen immediately and humanitarian aid needs to be returned or these people will die. Speaking of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a senator said that if 100 people from each district had called their elected officials, the genocide would have been stopped. You are one of those 100 people. I hope you will be inspired to stay informed. I ask you to take action.

What can you do?
Call the White House and your elected officials at 1-800-GENOCIDE (436-6243) between 9 – 5 EST. You’ll receive instructions on how to choose the elected officials you want to call and what to say. It’s simple. It’s important.

Nancy Grant

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