I could make several points to argue that it's in our own interest to help Darfur. Turmoil there is already destabilizing all of Sudan and neighboring Chad as well, both oil-exporting countries. And failed states nurture terrorists like Osama bin Laden and diseases like polio, while exporting refugees and hijackers. But there's an even better argument: Magboula, a woman I met at the Kalma camp in Nyala, Sudan.Kristof goes on to document his conversations with Magboula and describe the suffering she and her family continue to endure. Do you care? If you could end the violence in Sudan with an email or phone call, would you send it? Would you make the call? So what are you waiting for? Try it. It won't hurt and, in combination with mine and others, it may very well end the suffering.
* Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 and leave a message for President Bush or send an email to email@example.com and ask that he provide logistical support for African Union's peacekeeping efforts in Sudan.
* Tell one person about what you did and encourage them to do the same.
Thankfully, there's more you can do to end the genocide in Sudan.
> Learn more about the situation in Sudan.
> Contact your elected officials or local media to express your concern about policy or (lack of) coverage of events in Sudan.
> Support organizations that are working in Sudan to end the suffering of the people there. People like Magboula.
When, in 10 years, someone asks what you did to stop the suffering in Sudan, make sure you have something positive to tell them. Write now. Right now.