Nobel Women’s Initiative arrived today, and we spent much of our time with them as they met with the women’s group, and the youth committee. Overwhelmingly, they all spoke of justice in order for peace. To the extent that one woman said that al-Bashir and 52 men below him in government should be executed. And without this justice, there can be no peace. We can negate their feelings as if they were “just refugees,” they are the voices we need to be listening to first.Two weeks ago the people of Oure Cassoni held a demonstration supporting the ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and urging the court to issue an arrest warrant. But they said that there was no press, so no one heard their voice. One leader outlined what the people of Darfur wanted, a voice that has been lost in negotiations and peace treaties, and one forcibly buried and marginalized, by construction, in this genocide. By allowing their voice to continue to go unheard, we are allowing genocide to win. We are allowing the lives, and souls, dreams and futures of the Darfur people to languish in the sand that consumes their daily lives.So listen to what they have told us, and pass this on to your leaders. We have a moral obligation to include all the voices of conflict in talks for peace. If we don’t we are literally standing idly by while genocide succeeds at diminishing the worth of our friends.
- Punishment of the Darfur criminals like al-Bashir must be indicted, as well as, all responsible for the killing and banditry in Darfur
- Compensation, both personal and community wide
- The Government of Sudan must be reorganized to include Darfuirs and other marginalized Sudanese
- An international force must be present in Darfur, that includes international troops, not mixing with African Union force, today not tomorrow
Having a voice in your own future is a human right. A right that we take for granted in America. Today, your action is to print off the faces and the stories of our friends and send them to your leaders. Please include in your letter what they have asked for.Be their voice, help facilitate their human right.