There are a lot of horrendous events going on out there, and it can sometimes seem overwhelming for the average person to even attempt to help. One such tragic chain of events is the genocide occurring in the Darfur region in Africa (in the nation of Sudan). To date, four hundred thousand have died at the hands of a brutal dictatorial government.
But it actually isn’t too hard to lend a helping hand ten thousand miles away. I’ve been a member of the foundation for a few months now and already the letters I and thousands of others have sent are having an effect. Earlier this month, Fidelity Investments moved to reduce its investments in PetroChina, one of the leading contributors to the Sudanese government. And according to the New York Times, President Bush plans to seek UN approval for financial countermeasures against Sudan. Both of these developments parallel the efforts of organizations like Save Darfur.
I urge you to join this wonderful organization that makes it easy to sound a voie for change against one of the most appalling tragedies of our time. Their strategy of promoting divestment, a technique which helped to end the policy of Apartheid in South Africa in the late 1980s and early 1990s, could very well help to end the current crisis.
Save Darfur makes it easy for you to send letters to local, corporate and national representatives; they even have thoughtful and truthful premade messages for you to send. Please join now. Making a difference doesn’t even have to cost a dime, but only a moment of your time.