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Ask President Obama to Help Stop the Violence in Sudan

A Note from John Prendergast and George Clooney

We've taken two trips in the last few months to the disputed region of Abyei bordering North and South Sudan. Throughout this time, we've been sounding the alarm that Abyei was likely going to be a flash point for violence.

Sadly, our concerns are now becoming a reality.

Over the past week, villages in the Abyei region were burned to the ground, and tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. In Darfur over the past few months, the U.N. has also documented aerial bombardment of civilians and burning of villages with tens of thousands of Sudanese driven from their homes.

We urge you to join us in acting before this violence leads to a full-scale resumption of war in Sudan.

Thanks to our Satellite Sentinel Project, we now have something we’ve never had before: satellite images that we can use to show the world, with indisputable proof, the systematic nature of violence targeted against civilian populations.

Last fall, when we traveled to the region and spoke with the citizens of Abyei, we heard the same message again and again: the people of Abyei were worried that fighting would erupt, and they asked for the United States and other countries to step in to help protect them.

Take a look at the Satellite Sentinel Project report, and join us in asking President Obama to take swift, bold action to help stop the violence -- in Abyei, Darfur and all of Sudan.

Thank you for your help to support the people of Abyei and all of Sudan at this critical moment.

Sincerely,

George Clooney and John Prendergast

Dear President Obama,
 
Despite your efforts to help bring peace to Sudan, we are seeing escalating violence on the border between North and South Sudan, particularly in the region of Abyei. In Darfur over the past few months, the U.N. has also documented aerial bombardment of civilians and burning of villages with tens of thousands driven from their homes.
 
Based on recent images from the Satellite Sentinel Project and worrisome reports from sources on the ground, I am writing to implore you to take swift action:
 
1) Intensify efforts to end North-South violence, help create progress in North-South peace talks and revitalize mediation efforts on Darfur
 
2) Help ensure that those responsible for instigating and committing violence along the North-South border and in Darfur are held accountable for their crimes.
 
3) Review and as appropriate suspend US efforts to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism based on a comprehensive investigation of the recent violence in Abyei
 
4) Create an interagency working group to develop specific and escalating consequences for anyone using mass violence to undermine peace in the South, Abyei, and Darfur and consult with our allies and partners on joint action
 
Sincerely,
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1920 Thu Jun 23 21:27:57 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1919 Thu Jun 23 18:36:27 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1918 Thu Jun 23 17:56:56 EDT 2011 Mr.& MRS. BRUCE REVESZ
1917 Thu Jun 23 14:16:08 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1916 Thu Jun 23 02:42:49 EDT 2011 Jan-Paul Alon
1915 Thu Jun 23 00:25:15 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1914 Wed Jun 22 20:49:55 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1913 Wed Jun 22 20:28:02 EDT 2011 Ruth Bescript
1912 Wed Jun 22 20:11:18 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1911 Wed Jun 22 18:48:02 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1910 Wed Jun 22 17:48:54 EDT 2011 Diane Shaughnessy
1909 Wed Jun 22 17:27:49 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1908 Mon Jun 20 19:44:33 EDT 2011 James Mulcare
1907 Mon Jun 20 16:21:30 EDT 2011 Henry Weinberg
1906 Mon Jun 20 16:21:30 EDT 2011 Henry Weinberg
1905 Fri May 20 13:05:13 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1904 Mon May 02 22:34:54 EDT 2011 Aubrey Jaffer We must not let genocide continue.
1903 Fri Apr 29 01:57:56 EDT 2011 Jan-Paul Alon
1902 Thu Apr 28 16:45:15 EDT 2011 Elinor Vega
1901 Thu Apr 14 14:29:42 EDT 2011 Albert Bechtel These people deserve to be free from oppressive military action that destroys their lives, as well as their villages. This senseless slaughter of human life must stop. Please take immediate action to eliminate More....
1900 Mon Apr 11 22:01:33 EDT 2011 Aubrey Jaffer We must not allow genocide.
1899 Thu Mar 31 20:22:02 EDT 2011 Helga Moor
1898 Mon Mar 28 10:32:45 EDT 2011 Cory Williams
1897 Sun Mar 27 22:57:02 EDT 2011 Ned Laskowski
1896 Sun Mar 27 03:31:21 EDT 2011 Martha Wyatt Sustainable peace for Sudan, and confidence in the U.S. as a peace-maker rely on solving these issues. We cannot ignore or reward those continuing the cycle of violence. I support the above recommendations. More....
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