Why Sudan Now
The situation in Sudan is still urgent: in Darfur, the government in northern Sudan continues to launch military offensives that target civilians and regularly denies access to humanitarian organizations and U.N. peacekeeping forces in areas where recent violence against civilians has occurred. Nearly three million Darfuris living in camps face violence, rape, and critical shortages of water and medical aid. The North's president, Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, which include murder, torture, and attacks against civilian populations.
Meanwhile, the stability of South Sudan remains precarious. Militia attacks—allegedly supported by the Government of Sudan in Khartoum—undermine inter-communal relations in key areas of the south and Abyei. A peace deal between North and South on post-referendum issues is urgently needed, and the government of Southern Sudan needs to be supported to properly address the needs and aspirations of its people.
As a campaign, we've chosen to focus most of our efforts on advocating to the Obama administration and Congress for two reasons: (1) As U.S.-based organizations, our primary leverage point is here in the U.S.; and (2) the U.S. government has considerable influence over leaders in Sudan as well as other international actors, and we want to ensure that they use this influence--and use it effectively.
Successfully promoting peace in Sudan ultimately requires the U.S. government to:
- 1. Revitalize the Darfur peace process
- 2. Intensify diplomatic efforts to achieve a post-referendum deal between North and South
- 3. Invest in democratic transformations in both North and South Sudan
- 4. Step up humanitarian and human rights advocacy throughout the country
Thanks to your efforts, we were able to effectively influence the administration in 2010. But with so much left to do to ensure peace in all of Sudan in 2011, we need you now more than ever.