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Mr. President, the Khartoum genocidal regime continues to defy the international community on Darfur so as to complete its crimes on people of Darfur whom they believe must be eliminated from the earth. Open Letter to President Obama from Hussein Abu Sharati the Spokesman of the IDPs and Refugees in Darfur and Chad
Not Invited to the Party: Open Letter to President Obama from a Leader in a Refugee Camp in Darfur
By Richard Power
Don't get me wrong.
The Obamas journey to Europe was important and successful, both symbolically and substantively.
The G-20 Summit was important. It was vital that action be taken to divert the molten lava flowing toward the developing world from the meltdown of the global financial establishment. (Of course, we will have to see if the nations actually cough up the $1 trillion pledged.) It was also important because it took us beyond the all but failed paradigm of the G-8 (so badly damaged during the disastrous Bush-Cheney era). The challenges that confront the human race in the 21st Century (e.g., the Climate Crisis) demand a broader base than the G-8 offered anyway. Indeed, it is exhilarating to have a US President who not only understands that we now live in a multilateral world, but also enthusiastically embraces it.
Furthermore, Michelle Obama's interaction with London schoolgirls was a spiritually and psychologically transcendent moment that points to a vital undercurrent that could prove far more transformative,on a global level, than anything coming from the men in suits. (Click here to watch it.)
But here are some excerpts from an open letter to President Obama from someone who was not invited to the party, who could not be seen hob-nobbing with Silvio Berlusconi or Carla Bruni or Gordon Brown or Angela Merkel. (Oh yeah, in a side meeting, Obama and China's Hu "pledged to work together" on the "humanitarian situation" in Darfur. Don't hold your breath. China is the principle enabler of the Thugoracy in Karthoum.)
This remarkable document, posted in the shadow of the G-20 Summit and the Obamas brilliant European tour, offers a chilling reminder of the abominable chasm between the wretched of the Earth and those who have the power to rescue them.
Mr. President, the genocidal government of Sudan burned, completely destroyed our livelihood, killed in hundreds of thousand, raped woman and children in systematically and occupied our land by the Janjaweed militias and the new settlers. However; without International community respond that is embodied in United Nations and its NGOs and the humanity loving countries; all people of Darfur would have been eliminated on the surface of the earth long ago.
Mr. President, the Khartoum genocidal regime continues to defy the international community on Darfur so as to complete its crimes on people of Darfur whom they believe must be eliminated from the earth. Thus, the genocide master mind President Bashir on his statements continues on his adamant attitudes rejecting the settlement of the crisis. The latest is the current expulsion of the live-giving organizations of the IDPs which is the regime’s final goal and the deadly blow to accelerate our death by slow motion through starvation, malnutrition and diseases. ...
Mr. President Obama, we are in very desperate and miserable conditions so we demand from you the following 1. We need quick and immediate multi-lateral or uni-lateral intervention to save us from the imminent death. 2. Unconditional return of the international NGOs expelled by the regime. 3. Verified disarmament of the Janjaweed militias to ensure the free flow of humanitarian assistances for us. 4. Remove the new settlers from our occupied lands. ...
Hussein Abu Sharati the Spokesman of the IDPs and Refugees in Darfur and Chad
The full text of this Open Letter can be read at www.miafarrow.org. NOTE: Mia's site does not contain permalinks, so scroll to her post from 4-3-09.
As always, I encourage you to follow events in Darfur on Mia Farrow's site, it is the real-time journal of a humanitarian at work; the content is compelling, insightful and fiercely independent.
For a Words of Power Archive of posts on the Crisis in Darfur, click here.
Here are other sites of importance:
Dream for Darfur
Enough: The Project to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Genocide Intervention Network
Divest for Darfur.
Richard Power's Left-Handed Security: Overcoming Fear, Greed & Ignorance in This Era of Global Crisis is available now! Click here for more information.
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