Speaking out Against Genocide
This is a moment that will be remembered as a tipping point, when the world finally put its foot down as one and declared, "Not on our watch!"
- Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (September 17, 2006)
Since 2003, the Darfur region in Western Sudan has been embroiled in a deadly conflict which our leaders in Congress and President Bush have labeled a genocide.
Four years into the conflict in Darfur, conditions continue to deteriorate for the civilian population of this war-torn region. To date, as many as 400,000 civilians have been killed. Up to 2.5 million Darfuris have been forced to leave their homes and now live in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Darfur, or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic. Today, more than 3.5 million men, women and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival.
The people of Darfur are depending on the world to bring them the peace and security that they have been denied for more than four years. The U.N. has authorized a peacekeeping force, but Sudan is blocking its deployment.