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 ...|
|1932||Wed Apr 27 11:21:46 EDT 2011||Anonymous||There are few things I feel as strongly about as the situation Sudan right now. The extent of the violence in the area is disgusting. The crimes against children and women particularly offend me. These More....atrocities would not go unnoticed in the US, and I believe that they should not go unnoticed anywhere. I understand the domestic problems often need to take priority above foreign issues, but the situation in Darfur is filled with crimes against humanity that need to be addressed immediately. Please continue to do all that you can to better the conditions in Sudan for civilians.|
|1931||Thu Apr 14 23:11:46 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1930||Thu Apr 14 22:18:57 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1929||Thu Apr 14 18:33:09 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1928||Thu Apr 14 16:05:19 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1927||Thu Apr 14 14:24:05 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1926||Thu Apr 14 14:10:48 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1925||Thu Apr 14 13:46:11 EDT 2011||Kim Carlson||An injustice to anyone is an injustice to all.|
|1924||Thu Apr 14 12:46:58 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1923||Thu Apr 14 12:02:29 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1922||Tue Apr 05 11:38:37 EDT 2011||Anonymous||It is important that people the world over have the right to pursue their lives and ideals in peace.|
|1921||Mon Apr 04 21:07:20 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1920||Sat Apr 02 23:17:00 EDT 2011||Rod Downing||As a Canadian, I know the U.S., having brokered the CPA & with very precarious dynamics in Sudan now, can help tilt things to more peaceful outcomes, thereby saving counltess lives. Even from national More....self-interest, that's a big chunk of Africa at stake!|
|1919||Fri Apr 01 11:44:12 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1918||Fri Apr 01 11:39:36 EDT 2011||Anonymous||If the people of Abeyi, Darfur and Sudan want peace, they need help in attaining it, but preferably without all out, continued employment of American troops.|
|1917||Fri Apr 01 11:13:53 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1916||Fri Apr 01 02:58:05 EDT 2011||Robin Brown||Your speech the other night was very moving. Please give the people of Sudan the same chance as the people of Libya.|
|1915||Thu Mar 31 23:51:26 EDT 2011||Susan McConnell|
|1914||Thu Mar 31 23:17:41 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1913||Wed Mar 23 12:26:40 EDT 2011||Barbara Scott|
|1912||Wed Mar 23 11:01:28 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1911||Mon Mar 21 14:39:12 EDT 2011||W Jansen|
|1910||Sat Mar 19 15:14:52 EDT 2011||Ernest Barrette||Give the people in the Sudan, 'THe Audacity of Hope'.|
|1909||Sat Mar 19 08:58:51 EDT 2011||Yai Elijah||The people of South Sudan have suffered enough during long war.the recent fighting between militia and SPLA shows intention of someone somewhere is trying disestablish the South a head of independent 9th More....July 2011|
|1908||Fri Mar 18 21:54:46 EDT 2011||Anonymous||We are all human beings; creatures of the same species. We must learn to stop hating and killing each other, come together and solve this planet's problems.|
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