The tragedy in Darfur has reached a critical moment. Already millions of Darfuris - driven from their homes - are completely dependent on international aid for food, medicine and shelter. But due to escalating violence, much of that aid can no longer reach those who need it most.
A UN peacekeeping force remains the only hope to bring peace to the region.
But the peacekeeping force - already authorised by the UN Security Council - might never make it to Darfur if the Sudanese government doesn’t agree to let it in. That's why it's so important that our world leaders ramp up the pressure and demand that the peacekeepers are admitted.
Now is the time to remind Prime Minister John Howard that Australians are watching, and that we refuse to let the atrocities in Darfur continue.
Dear Prime Minister Howard,
Everyday, the 2.5 million people chased from their homes in Darfur face the threat of starvation, disease, and rape, while the few lucky enough to remain in their homes risk displacement, torture, and murder. Therefore, we call on you to do the following:
• Push for the immediate deployment of the already-authorised UN peacekeeping force.
• Strengthen the understaffed African Union force already in Darfur until the UN force can be deployed.
• Implement a fair and lasting Peace Agreement.
• Increase humanitarian aid and ensure access for delivery.
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