On January 10-11, 2013 Operation Broken Silence is returning to Washington D.C. to advocate in the halls of Congress for our friends in Sudan.
Since we released our documentary film in November of last year, over 200,000 people around the globe have witnessed the crisis in Sudan via Across the Frontlines: Ending the Nuba Genocide during online and offline screenings. Ordinary people spread the word when they saw the film and raised small amounts of money for our humanitarian campaign. They wrote their political leaders. Briefly put, they cared. Together we care.
Sadly, this encouraging news comes at an extremely dismal moment on the ground in Sudan. Our sources in the Nuba Mountains report round-the-clock bombings of remaining communities, further food and medical shortages, and Bashir sending an additional 30,000 reinforcements to South Kordofan, where the Nuba Mountains are located. Disturbingly, we have yet to see the worst of the conflict there.
Meanwhile in forgotten Blue Nile state, Bashir continues his scorched-earth campaign against the Sudanese living there. Stories of helicopter gunships hunting civilians and militias executing unarmed civilians based on their ethnicity remains the norm. Virtually no humanitarian supplies are getting into that region of Sudan, where the situation on the ground is now so dangerous that human rights groups fear even venturing into the area. Those who have managed to escape Blue Nile report horrific famine, entire communities burned to the ground, and an armed opposition struggling to hold its ground against Bashir’s genocide.
Abyei remains fully ethnically-cleansed, violence is once again on the rise in Darfur, and tensions continue to mount in eastern Sudan. The stakes are higher than they have ever been. Millions of lives are in jeopardy. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the United States can play a positive role in Sudan. It is time for our nation to choose the right side, the side of the victim. Because the Obama Administration is refusing to read the writing on the wall concerning its broken and unsustainable foreign policy towards Sudan, we’re going to Congress with the message we’ve been screaming at the White House for months: this senseless violence must end, and as a world leader you are responsible for ending it.
So, what can you can do? We’ve got options for you:
- If you haven’t seen our documentary film yet, watch it and share it. Click here for your free screening.
- We are running low on funds for our humanitarian campaign. We don’t want you to make a donation (although we won’t stop you!), but we desperately need more fundraisers. Learn more about the campaign and sign up to become a fundraiser here.
- Live in our home state of Tennessee? Sign this petition to Senator Bob Corker.
- Live in the Washington D.C. area? Come join us at the screening of Across the Frontlines. Click here for details.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated. You can also sign up for our email list as well.
Next week should be interesting. Let’s hope that we are at the tipping point for bringing relief to our friends in Sudan and bringing Bashir and his fellow war criminals to justice. Talk to you when we get back. Thanks for all you do.
Mark C. Hackett, CEO & Executive Director