End the Genocide in Darfur Now
?We call upon the U.S. Congress to
enact the Darfur Accountability Act so that the African Union peacekeeping force
might be expanded and given a stronger mandate to protect innocent civilians.?
Bishop John Ricard, United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops
On the National Day of Action
Sept. 21, 2005
The genocide in the Sudan is a humanitarian and
moral crisis. Since 2003, over 400,000 human beings
have died due to government sanctioned killing, raping and starving of the
people in Darfur, an oil rich region in Sudan where many non-Arabic Sudanese
live. The killings have been racially, religiously and financially motivated.
Over 2.5 million human beings have been removed from their homes in Darfur by
force. Many have fled to Chad and other countries in order to survive. Yet,
despite a ceasefire agreement, the violence continues. The international
community of nations, including the United States
government, has not mustered
the needed steps to bring the tragedy and suffering to an
In 2005, EMO helped to pass a bill in the Oregon
Legislature that requires the state to divest funds from any companies
conducting business with the Sudanese government. United
States sanctions have not been regularly enforced. Several congressional
bills are stalled. There is more that can be done.
Your voice and prayers are needed to help end this human tragedy.
Below is a list of resources for
congregations. Please use them and consider sending an offering of letters to
Oregon?s US Congressional delegation
and to local newspapers to raise
Save Darfur Coalition
Prayers of peace from different faith traditions
Action Packet (PDF file)
Bulletin Insert On Darfur