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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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Number Date Name Tell President Obama why ...
1920 Wed Jun 29 19:59:17 EDT 2011 Sarah Hamilton
1919 Wed Jun 29 13:20:05 EDT 2011 Harriet Steinberg
1918 Tue Jun 28 16:37:20 EDT 2011 Barbara Graham
1917 Tue Jun 28 14:29:13 EDT 2011 Tony Magliano
1916 Mon Jun 27 20:37:15 EDT 2011 Meike Ernst
1915 Sat Jun 25 10:58:59 EDT 2011 Kristin Selby
1914 Sat Jun 25 10:26:22 EDT 2011 Anonymous I have personally lived and worked in southern Sudan and have seen the worst that violence can do to innocent lives. This cannot... it must not... go on anymore! Please pay particular attention to those More....
1913 Fri Jun 24 20:10:22 EDT 2011 Lisa Clegg
1912 Fri Jun 24 16:57:36 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1911 Fri Jun 24 16:07:56 EDT 2011 Kirk Ramble
1910 Fri Jun 24 09:48:15 EDT 2011 Alicia Fitzgerald
1909 Fri Jun 24 08:53:35 EDT 2011 Paige Mangum My son has just returned from 2 years in South Sudan where he was employed as an aid worker. We talk about the Sudanese in Kauda, Abeyi and other areas where he worked. We are concerned for these people More....
1908 Fri Jun 24 06:17:58 EDT 2011 Patricia Pritchard THERE HAS TRULY BEEN WAY BEYOND THE LIMIT
OF THE LOSS OF LIVES.
1907 Thu Jun 23 22:24:15 EDT 2011 Gini Clarke Over the last 3 years I have volunteered as a tutor and then formed a close friendship with a Nuba Mountain refugee family. Knowing this family has changed my life in many important ways. Their hospitality, More....
1906 Thu Jun 23 21:27:57 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1905 Thu Jun 23 18:36:27 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1904 Thu Jun 23 17:56:56 EDT 2011 Mr.& MRS. BRUCE REVESZ
1903 Thu Jun 23 14:16:08 EDT 2011 Anonymous
1902 Thu Jun 23 10:53:22 EDT 2011 emilia novo
1901 Thu Jun 23 10:50:26 EDT 2011 emilia novo
1900 Thu Jun 23 10:44:58 EDT 2011 Mary Ann Cassidy Stronger sanctions have to be put in place to stop the genocide. I urge you to act now.
1899 Thu Jun 23 06:26:27 EDT 2011 Mariana La Greca
1898 Thu Jun 23 02:57:09 EDT 2011 Joseph Dale We must drive forward for the sake of humanity.
1897 Thu Jun 23 02:42:49 EDT 2011 Jan-Paul Alon
1896 Thu Jun 23 00:42:15 EDT 2011 Michelle Howe
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