Friday, February 24, 2006

Help the People of Darfur

For more than three years, ongoing violence in Darfur, a remote western region of Sudan, has forced nearly two million people to flee their homes in search of a more secure environment. While the international community helped the African Union (AU) to establish a peacekeeping force, these troops are in desperate need of financial assistance to sufficiently protect civilians.

Last week, the Bush Administration submitted a supplemental budget request to Congress that includes $514 million for peacekeeping, food aid, and other vital assistance for the displaced people of Darfur. This money will help protect civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict while also ensuring they have access to critical basic services, such as clean water and blankets.

The people of Darfur need our help more than ever. Civilians continue to suffer harassment, beatings, rape, and murder on a daily basis. Families are stranded in the camps, often far from their villages, fields, and pastureland. For them, life has become one long wait - for food rations, for limited amounts of water, and for peace. Congress must support the Administration’s request to help protect and sustain life in Darfur. Please do your part and tell your Representatives how important this issue is to you. Click here to tell Congress to support, at a minimum, the Bush Administration's request of $514 million to help the people of Darfur.

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