Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Amnesty International: Not Enough Troops in Darfur

I got a fundraising email from Amnesty International about the situation in Darfur. (I'll leave out the requests for money):

Violence has escalated in recent weeks within Darfur and across the border in Chad, where hundreds of thousands of displaced people have sought refuge over the course of five years of killings and wanton destruction of their homeland. Yet, UN-AU peacekeepers remain well short of the troops and equipment necessary to protect the people of Darfur.


We are outraged that the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) does not have the troops and equipment needed to protect civilians. Only 9,000 troops and police are on the ground today - well short of the 26,000 troops authorized for the peacekeeping mission last July. Even worse, peacekeepers don't have the helicopters they need to protect Darfuri civilians who remain vulnerable to attacks by Janjawid militia and armed rebel groups.

If major powers do not act swiftly and decisively to provide the necessary helicopters, the UN peacekeeping mission will lack what it needs to be effective. People like you and me who have worked so hard for so long to halt the killing in Darfur must now make it clear that further delays in UNAMID deployment are simply unacceptable.

That's really too bad. But I try to avoid giving to abortion-supporting organizations as much as possible.

At any rate, at least they're on the right track on this issue.

And in case you're wondering: I got on their email list because I signed one of their anti-death penalty petitions.

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