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.
George Clooney and John Prendergast
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
|Number||Date||Name||Tell President Obama why ...|
|1920||Thu Jun 23 21:27:57 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1919||Thu Jun 23 14:16:08 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1918||Thu Jun 23 00:25:15 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1917||Wed Jun 22 20:49:55 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1916||Wed Jun 22 20:11:18 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1915||Wed Jun 22 18:48:02 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1914||Wed Jun 22 17:48:54 EDT 2011||Diane Shaughnessy|
|1913||Wed Jun 22 17:27:49 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1912||Fri May 20 13:05:13 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1911||Mon May 02 22:34:54 EDT 2011||Aubrey Jaffer||We must not let genocide continue.|
|1910||Mon Apr 11 22:01:33 EDT 2011||Aubrey Jaffer||We must not allow genocide.|
|1909||Thu Mar 31 20:22:02 EDT 2011||Helga Moor|
|1908||Mon Mar 28 10:32:45 EDT 2011||Cory Williams|
|1907||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....|
|1906||Fri Mar 25 13:39:36 EDT 2011||Kristin Hochmuth||Please keep the United States at the forefront of this issue or I fear we may lose both the credibility and the honor of which we strive to believe we are capable.|
|1905||Tue Mar 22 11:15:00 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1904||Tue Mar 22 06:54:38 EDT 2011||Andrew Woodman|
|1903||Tue Mar 22 02:03:05 EDT 2011||Jenni Stepp||Too many civilian lives are being damaged and lost for no good cause or reason. They are asking for our protection and help, let us not let them down. Please act NOW!|
|1902||Mon Mar 21 20:46:56 EDT 2011||Sylvain Thibault|
|1901||Mon Mar 21 20:39:55 EDT 2011||elaine hamilton||This is our moral obligation; our human obligation. I know you feel that way too and are awaiting our demand to see this evil cease.|
|1900||Mon Mar 21 19:14:06 EDT 2011||Jessica DePete|
|1899||Mon Mar 21 17:28:11 EDT 2011||Roxey Lau||If we are in a position to help stop the senseless and avoidable atrocities, we must! This is our planet and our people, and this horror is happening on our watch!|
|1898||Mon Mar 21 16:09:04 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1897||Sun Mar 20 18:59:36 EDT 2011||Alisha Miller|
|1896||Fri Mar 11 13:48:17 EST 2011||Anonymous|