The Save Darfur Coalition, comprised of a broadly diverse group of faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations, issued a Unity Statement in the summer of 2003 in response to the massive humanitarian and human rights crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

The purpose of the statement and of the Coalition is to raise public awareness and to mobilize North Americans and members of the international community to respond to and help end the atrocities that threaten the lives of two million people in the region.

Unity Statement

We stand together and unite our voices to raise public awareness and mobilize a massive response to the atrocities in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

Responding to a rebellion in 2003, the regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and its allied militia, known as the Janjaweed, launched a campaign of destruction against the civilian population of ethnic groups identified with the rebels. They wiped out entire villages, destroyed food and water supplies, stole livestock and systematically murdered, tortured and raped civilians.

The Sudanese government’s genocidal, scorched earth campaign has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives through direct violence, disease and starvation, and continues to destabilize the region. Millions have fled their homes and live in dangerous camps in Darfur, and hundreds of thousands are refugees in neighboring Chad. Violence continues today.

Ultimately, the fate of the Darfuri people depends on establishing a lasting and just peace in all of Sudan and in the region.

We are committed to the goals that the Save Darfur Coalition advocates for, including:

  • Ending the violence against civilians;
  • Facilitating adequate and unhindered humanitarian aid;
  • Establishing conditions for the safe and voluntary return of displaced people to their homes;
  • Promoting the long-term sustainable development of Darfur; and
  • Holding the perpetrators accountable.

We call on the United States, other governments, the United Nations and regional organizations to focus their efforts on ending this crisis.

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