Saturday, April 26, 2008

60,000 Darfur refugees detail horrific memories in petition

More than 60,000 Darfur refugees living camps in Chad shared their heart-wrenching stories in a petition that was delivered Friday to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The petition, sent to Brown's house and office at 10 Downing Street in London, begs Brown and other international leaders to crack down on the violence that has raged in the Darfur region of Sudan since April, 2003. Letters detailing the contents of the petition were sent to other world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and leaders at the United Nations.

The refugees who participated included written stories alongside their signatures that talked about the horror of being raped and the terror of watching militants destroy their homes.

Some of the participants, just children, made crayon drawings of their memories, submitting pictures of soldiers with guns and people covered in blood.

"They have displaced us and killed us and raped us in front of our children and husbands," one woman wrote. "They killed our children and burned our houses." Read more >>>>

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