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    In Darfur, a region in western Sudan approximately the size of Texas, over a million people are threatened with torture and death at the hands of marauding militia and a complicit government. Genocide evokes not only the moral, but also, the legal responsibility of the world community. Under international agreement, a nation must intervene to stop a genocide when it is officially acknowledged.

    "Officially" is the key word here. So far, no nation in the international community has "officially" acknowledged the truth: Sudan is a bleeding ground of genocide. In this void, the Sudanese government continues to act with brutal impunity.

    Thankfully, there are individuals working in human rights organizations who are watching - and witnessing - and organizing, in support of the victims in Darfur. These individuals represent, for all of us, a personal capacity to bear witness to the passion of the present; one candle lit against the darkness.

    However, before one can light a candle, someone has to strike a match: a donation to any of the human rights organizations active in Sudan, contacting your government representative, local newspaper, radio and t.v. station. Our individual activism is essential for the candlepower of witness to overcome and extinguish the firepower of genocide.

    This world has long endured wars that take lives. Let us be part of one that saves them.

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  • Our name comes from an essay entitled "The Passion of the Present" that one of our grassroots founders wrote and circulated by email in March of 2004. The blog started at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School.

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July 28, 2004

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Disillusioned kid

An interesting idea.

An AU force is probably about the best possible solution, avoiding any concerns about western intereference in the affairs of an islamic state and all the problems that perception might give rise to. Its also the most likely solution to be accepted (or at least not actively resisted) by the Sudanese government.

Just a thought on the numbers. You calculate the likely cost based on UN peacekeeping costs, but the required figure might be lower than that. According to Mandisi Majavu, the AU had $6 million in its peace fund last year, a tiny fraction of the $2.3 billion spent by the UN on peacekeeping on the continent. Clearly it could benefit from more, but it is very possible that a AU force could operate on a smaller sum than a comparable UN force.

Can't help feeling though, that if its left up to us to pay for it, that doesn't say much about our governments...

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