The atrocities in Darfur have gone on for too many years. When I see photos and video coming out of Darfur and talk with people who have been there to personally witness the results of the brutality of this genocide...I don't know what to think. While the world has taken some notice of what is taking place there, it hasn't been enough.
I commend the various humanitarian organizations which have become involved in trying to provide some aid to the people affected by the genocide, but now they have been ordered to leave the country. I applaud the International Court's issuing an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for a five-year campaign of violence in Darfur and charging him with acts of genocide. I am encouraged by President Obama's appointment of a special envoy to Sudan, retired Air Force General Scott Gration. These are all critical steps in helping to end the crisis in Darfur.
But does everyone see this as a crisis? I want to share with you an e-mail I received from the Save Darfur organization (www.savedarfur.org) which works so hard to help address the issues in Darfur. The e-mail provides a link through which you can let President Obama know that you support continuing efforts to help the people in Darfur, especially as they face an increasing crisis due to the removal of humanitarian aid groups by order of their president.
"A big lie." That's what Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations called a U.N. report that there are "over 1 million people at life-threatening risk" due to the government of Sudan's decision to expel aid groups.
But we know the truth: there is a dire crisis in Darfur. We can't wait another day for bold, agenda-setting leadership. That's why I just added my voice to a letter from the Darfur activist community calling on President Obama to take bold action for the people of Darfur, and I hope you will too.
The rainy season in Darfur is coming soon, and it will only make matters worse for those at risk without the aid groups. We must help the groups get access to Darfur again.