Time is Running Out

June 18, 2007

Time is Running Out

Summer 2007

Time is Running Out: Protect the people of Darfur

By Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA

Words cannot describe Darfur's nightmare: the mass killings, the rapes of women and girls, the smoldering villages, the desperation of millions of homeless civilians seeking shelter in makeshift camps.

Statistics cannot convey the magnitude of the "human rights catastrophe" that has killed more than 200,000 people, driven more than 2.5 million Darfuris from their homes, and trapped 3.5 million survivors in a desperate cycle of dependence on international aid.

Historians will be unable to comprehend a world that stood by during four years of killings, rapes and destruction.

After the closing of the Nazi death camps, governments around the world shouted, "Never again." Thirty years ago, after the horrors of the Cambodian killing fields, "never again" was echoed. Rwanda provoked the cry once more just 13 years ago.

What will it take to put the words we preach into practice? Only massive, collective global action will compel governments to commit resources, to send peacekeepers, to stop the flow of weapons and the torrent of blood.

Change begins right here, right now, with you.

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