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

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
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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....
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....
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....
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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