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Save 4/19/2005

Save Darfur Coalition
Weekly News Summary
UN Fears War-Crimes Suspects Behind Sudan Attacks
April 19, 2005 - Sudan Tribune
Sudanese officials fearful of being tried for war crimes in Darfur may be behind a wave of attacks on international aid workers in the turbulent area, the United Nations said on Monday. Among the rash of attacks in March were three that stood out because they appeared aimed at harming or killing relief workers, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his monthly report to the Security Council on the situation in Darfur.
African Union Troops "Doing Nothing" to Stop Darfur Bloodshed
April 19, 2005 - The Scotsman
Survivors of militia attacks in Darfur have accused African Union forces of doing nothing to stop the bloodshed and demanded that peacekeepers be sent into the war-torn region. Hassan Abdel Karim, who survived an attack on his village by Janjaweed militia, said African Union (AU) troops were just three miles away when Arab militiamen rampaged through his village of Thor, killing 22 people. "They were so close they would've heard the shooting but they did nothing," he said.
Attacks on Aid Convoys in Darfur Increase: Red Cross
April 18, 2005 - Reuters
Attacks on aid convoys in Darfur have increased over the past two weeks, stopping urgently needed food from getting through, the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday. Unidentified attackers ambushed and looted numerous aid trucks with essential items for remote villages and refugees forced to flee their homes by fighting in the western Sudan region, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
UN Reports No Security Improvement in Darfur
April 18, 2005 - AllAfrica
Clashes between the government and rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region, attacks against international aid workers, rape and the persecution of its victims, abuse of children, and torture by security forces, underscored a continuing dire situation, according to the latest United Nations report on the region released today.
Sudan Hands US Official Proposals on Solving Darfur Crisis
April 15, 2005 - Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese government on Thursday presented proposals on solving the Darfur crisis to the visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick. Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail briefed Zoellick on the obstacles to ending the two-year crisis, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
African Leaders Optimistic About Darfur Talks
April 19, 2005 - Independent Online
The leaders of Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria and Ethiopia discussed means of rekindling talks to end the Darfur conflict on Tuesday on the sidelines of an African summit. Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, his Nigerian and Egyptian counterparts Olusegun Obasanjo and Hosni Mubarak, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi discussed means of restarting negotiations between Khartoum and the rebels, a source at the Egyptian presidency said.
Chad to Resume Mediation in Darfur Conflict
April 17, 2005 - Aljazeera
Chad has decided to resume efforts to mediate an end to a bloody conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region after receiving assurances that Sudan will move against Chadian insurgents based in that country, a spokesman said. President Idriss Deby suspended Chad's role as mediator in the Darfur conflict on Monday because his government claimed Sudan recruited, trained and armed 3000 Chadian rebels near their common border in an effort to destabilize Chad.
Op-Ed: Mr. Bush, Take a Look at MTV
April 17, 2005 - New York Times
Nicholas Kristof writes, "Mr. Bush hasn't even taken a position on the Darfur Accountability Act and other bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jon Corzine and Sam Brownback to put pressure on Sudan. Does Mr. Bush really want to preserve his neutrality on genocide? Indeed, MTV is raising the issue more openly and powerfully than our White House. (Its mtvU channel is also covering Darfur more aggressively than most TV networks.) It should be a national embarrassment that MTV is more outspoken about genocide than our president."
Please take some time today to contact your Senators and Congressperson at (877) 762-8762. Ask them if they have supported the Brownback/Corzine/DeWine/Durbin amendment for $93 million for the AU and disaster aid, and 2) the Darfur Accountability Act. If they have, please thank them. If they have not, remember this when you go to the voting booth the next time. I don't care to which party they or you belong. This is a non-party issue. Thank you so much, everyone. Have a great day.