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 Jan 11 09:51:16 EST 2012||Jennifer Baker|
|1931||Mon Jan 02 06:26:33 EST 2012||Bahreldin Jumah||Why or problem is talk all this time, and still nothing change|
|1930||Wed Nov 02 19:14:33 EDT 2011||l gols|
|1929||Fri Sep 02 15:57:23 EDT 2011||William Klitzke|
|1928||Fri Aug 19 07:59:54 EDT 2011||Margherita Andreotti|
|1927||Thu Aug 18 23:38:58 EDT 2011||Ann Siegel|
|1926||Sun Jun 19 22:22:49 EDT 2011||Ardeth L. Weed|
|1925||Mon Jun 06 00:16:31 EDT 2011||Abigail Kallevig|
|1924||Mon May 23 14:40:16 EDT 2011||Jennifer Schwarzenbach||The central government of northern Sudan is clearly making war its people of the south to benefit from the oil being found in the middle of the country. That region of Africa (where the Congo is located More....also) has been having violence and upheaval caused by discovery of raw materials worth lots of money, and rather than creating wealth for the people, it causes misery and bloodshed when those materials are controlled by despots.|
|1923||Wed May 18 15:48:10 EDT 2011||Susan Nesbitt|
|1922||Sun May 15 14:13:49 EDT 2011||Daniel McComas||Because I'm a human being, and as a former Marine, and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I would've much rather have died, fighting to protect those who need it, than to have taken a TBI for our sorry More....little money war against Saddam Hussein.|
|1921||Wed May 11 16:33:34 EDT 2011||Leah Goering|
|1920||Wed May 04 16:55:35 EDT 2011||Bonita Dirk|
|1919||Wed May 04 03:24:44 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1918||Mon May 02 13:55:40 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|1917||Sun May 01 20:41:03 EDT 2011||Sarrah Chaput||The government shouldn't be allowed to do such hateful things against its people. The government is created to protect and serve all its people. Allowing the Janjweed to kill, rape, and destroy families More....and whole communities under their government by providing the funds and materials is beyond wrong|
|1916||Sat Apr 30 08:48:57 EDT 2011||Regina Ward||Please support enhanced diplomatic engagement on Abyei and Darfur as the best way to support peace and protect civilian life in Sudan. This is important to me because I believe everyone has a right to More....live in their land in peace and with the basic needs met. It has been too long that the people of Sudan have suffered.|
|1915||Sat Apr 30 03:51:33 EDT 2011||Evelyn Williames||The situation in Darfur has been neglected for too long. Areas like the Jebel Marra are out of contact with the rest of the world and nobody is able to tell us what is happening there. Too many people More....have died or been displaced for no reason other than their race. Darfur means 'the home of the Fur' but how many of the Fur people still remain there?|
|1914||Fri Apr 29 12:55:33 EDT 2011||Rosie Tod|
|1913||Wed Apr 27 23:51:03 EDT 2011||David Hind|
|1912||Wed Apr 27 17:03:30 EDT 2011||George Rahonis||Dear Mr President
...since you claim that you are interested in Human Rights...
|1911||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.|
|1910||Tue Apr 26 18:17:15 EDT 2011||amy schrier|
|1909||Tue Apr 26 18:17:14 EDT 2011||amy schrier|
|1908||Tue Apr 26 12:20:57 EDT 2011||wendy morrissette||i am concerned for the children who are experiencing the atrocities, killings, rapes and torture of family members. These girls are witnessing horrors that no child should have to endure.|
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