Stephen A. Fuqua (SAF) is a Bahá'í, programmer, and conservation and interfaith advocate in the DFW area of Texas.

January 5, 2007

Help Stop Genocide in Darfur

I know you're aware that the situation in Darfur is horrible — and has been so for several years now. Hundreds of thousands dead. More refugees than any country other than Palestine or Afghanistan. A weak insurgency (with combatants who really need to put down their arms) countered by a government propped up by high oil prices and tacit Chinese support… a situation in desperate need of real peace keepers. That's where we are today, about three years into the conflict.

The UN has a new Secretary General and a new Congress is convening this week. This is a great time to once again show support for common-sense steps, such as deploying the authorized UN peacekeepers and enforcing a no-fly zone. So please take a look at the petition below, offered by the Save Darfur Coalition, and consider signing it. It is direct and non-partisan, and will take you only a few seconds.

Save Darfur has the following to say about the petition campaign:

Visit the link below to sign the Save Darfur Coalition's petition urging President Bush and the UN Secretary-General to take immediate steps to stop the killing: http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6300

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the region who desperately need help. The Save Darfur Coalition is urging the international community to prevent further killings, displacement, and rape by:

  • Deploying the UN peacekeeping force that has already been authorized;
  • Strengthening the understaffed African Union force that is already in Darfur;
  • Establishing a no-fly zone;
  • Increasing humanitarian aid; and
  • Ensuring access for delivery of food, medication and other essential supplies.

Please do not stand by while the violence continues – you CAN make a difference.

Click here now: http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6300.