Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Help end genocide, forever.

I am a member of the Coalition for Darfur which has two goals: to get bloggers writing about Darfur and to raise money for worthy organizations providing life-saving assistance to the people of Darfur. 400,000 people have already been killed in the Darfur region of Sudan. 500 more a killed each day. Here's what you can do to help:

If you are a blogger (or even if you aren't), use your voice to spread the word about the genocide in Sudan. The Coalition for Darfur will even send you a post you can link to each week. Here's this week's post.

And here are three worthy organizations that are doing their best to improve the lives of people in Darfur:

* CARE is providing medical care, food, hygienic and other services to the displaced Sudanese people in Sudan, Chad and other places. Your financial support is greatly appreciated. If you donate soon, your contribution will be matched (until the $70,000 total is matched). Your money will go twice as far.

* The Genocide Intervention Fund is a national organization started by students at Swarthmore (my alma mater). It is a tax-exempt fund designed to support African Union peacekeepers in Darfur. Support their work and the African Union by providing financial resources or in-kind donations.

* Mercy Corps is providing basic and essential needs for internally displaced people in Sudan. Your donation can be specifically designated for work in Sudan, and every dollar helps "secure $16.51 in donated food and other supplies."

Do your part. Spread the word. Support the work. Save lives. End genocide, forever.


Karama said...

An update:

I recently wrote a letter to my elected officials encouraging them to support the Darfur Accountability Act. I encourage you all to do the same: let your representatives know how you feel. It's the least we can do.

Karama said...

Here's a brief review of the causes and history of the crisis in Sudan.

Karama said...

Here are more ways you can help:

* Write a letter of concern to the media or your elected officials.
* Support relief organizations that are working to ease the suffering in Sudan.
* Assist Sudanese refugees in the US and elsewhere.
* Learn more about what's happening in Sudan.
* Divest from the Khartoum government.

Other suggestions? Bring 'em on!