Would you make a single phone call if it could stop the genocide in Darfur?
Would you be willing to make that same phone call every day until the killing stopped?
Over the past two years, 400,000 Sudanese have been systematically slaughtered in Darfur. Today the killing continues, alongside rampant rape, castration and other forms of mutilation. Nearly two million people have been displaced and face the prospect of death from disease or starvation. The United States and the international community have done virtually nothing to stop this death and destruction -- arguing about the viability of sanctions and resolutions, debating the definition of genocide, and deliberating over the appropriate level of intervention while the killers continue their methodical work.
In February 2005 at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, General Romeo Dallaire, who led a handful of peacekeeping troops in a heroic attempt to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, estimated that 44,000 peacekeepers -with a mandate to protect innocent civilians- could stop the cycle of violence in Darfur. (Currently, there are fewer than 3000 peacekeepers in the region.) He went on to say that we possess the collective capacity to exert their will on our government leaders, if only we would use that power. It is in the spirit of General Dallaire's words that we ask you today to make the following pledge on behalf of the people of Darfur.
Please Take the Pledge to Save Darfur:
Until the killing in Darfur stops, I pledge to take the following actions:
1) EVERY DAY, I will call the White House switchboard (202-456-1414) and leave the following message for President Bush: "This is [name] from [state]. Forty-four thousand peacekeeping troops could stop the genocide in Darfur. Please act immediately. Thank you." If calling long distance is a financial hardship or if I can't leave a message due to the volume of calls, I will send an email to President@WhiteHouse.gov every day with the same message.
2) I will recruit at least ONE other person to take this pledge.
3) To ensure that my actions are counted, I will register my pledge with The ETHIC by emailing my name and address to DarfurPledge@peacemail.com.