Monday, October 10, 2005

Religious groups cite ‘moral duty’ to stop Darfur genocide

Religious groups cite ‘moral duty’ to stop Darfur genocide:
"(RNS) Religious groups on Sept. 21 stepped up pressure on the Bush administration and Congress to help end the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region, saying the United States has a “moral duty” to intervene.

The “Save Darfur Coalition,” an alliance of 134 religious and humanitarian groups, said Washington must provide increased aid to African Union troops who are on the ground in Darfur and impose economic sanctions on the Sudanese government in Khartoum. Leaders met with Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and members of Congress and delivered a letter to President Bush as part of the “National Day of Action for the People of Sudan.”..."

This religion News Service release echos recent calls for Christians to become engaged in speaking on behalf of the victims of genocide in Darfur.

Pressure exerted by the Bush Administration brought a halt to genocidal acts in one region of Sudan, but now the Sudanese government is turning its attention to Darfur, and we cannot fail to speak up with our collective voices.

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