Call me an optimist, but I’m hoping you’ll each take a second to send this letter to your congressperson about ending the genocide in Darfur. The truth is, together we can make a difference. Does it sound corny? Absolutely. Is it possible? Yes. Without a doubt, history has changed by small groups of dedicated people. We can be that group. As a woman, an American, a Christian, a public health worker — I do not accept what is happening in Darfur. Will you please join me in sending this to your senator?
Dear Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain,
As you know, there are more than 2.5 million people living in refugee camps in the Darfur region of Sudan. These people have been forced into refugee camps after fleeing for their lives during ethnic cleansing. The latest statistics show 65% of Sudanese men have died in this conflict — a conflict our own President has called genocide. The women and children who have survived are often victim of rape and have witnessed the worst of humanity.
I do not accept this situation and I want the United States to act. As my representative, as my voice in Congress, I hope you will today take my concerns (and those of my community) to the floor of the Senate and ask for action.
There is absolutely no excuse for us allowing 2.5 million people to die in refugee camps. And they will die. Infectious disease, attacks from the Janjaweed militias and exposure are frequent causes of death in these camps. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 2.5 million people who live in Phoenix. Something must be done today.
You are my voice within the most powerful government in the world. There is simply no excuse for our inaction. Let’s right this wrong as quickly as possible and help those most in need — our brothers and sisters in Sudan.
I look forward to hearing from you.