ORGANIZATION FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS OF WEST SUDAN – ORIS
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Fight for Justice
The violent conflicts in West Sudan-Darfur impact innocent people the most. Women, children, and civilian men are forced to flee their homes and become refugees or internally displaced people. The Sudanese Government’s solution is to eliminate these people by scorching the land they live on. ORIS works with dedicated global citizens to advocate for the innocent and deliver a message of protection, lasting peace and the demand for justice.
West Sudan-Darfur: The Basics
What is-West Sudan-Darfur?
Darfur is the western region of Sudan, Africa. Darfur is not a country in itself. The region was home to about 6 million people and is about the size of France.
Where is-West Sudan-Darfur?
Who lives in-West Sudan-Darfur?
Darfur is home to a variety of racially mixed tribes whose people identify as African, and nomadic herders, who identify as non-African.
What is happening in-West Sudan-Darfur?
The conflict in Darfur is complex but can be briefly summarized. Government neglect has left the people of Sudan poor and voiceless. In the February of 2003, groups of Darfurians launched an uprising against the Kartoum government. The government’s response to this uprising was genocide. They enlisted the help of a non-African militia called the Janjaweed. The dispute is racial, not religious.
Who are the Janjaweed?
The Janjaweed are the armed militia supported by the Sudanese Government to carry out the genocide alongside and independent of the Sudanese Army.
How is the violence being conducted?
A typical attack plays out as follows: The Janjaweed enter a village on horse-back or camels. Their goal is to cause pain, terror, and mayhem. They destroy homes and buildings, shoot the men of the village and gang rape the women and children. Anyone who attempts to escape is shot. The village is almost entirely destroyed. Families are dispersed and separated, but most people are murdered. Those who do manage to escape must then attempt the long journey to an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp. Today, there are very few functioning villages left in the Darfur region because of this systematic destruction. Google Earth and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have collaborated to let you see the destruction for yourself. You can zoom in on destroyed villages, houses and schools to see the extent of the damage that is being done.
Who has been affected so far?
Up to 400,000 people have died as a result of direct attacks and conflict-induced malnutrition and disease. The clear majority of these deaths have been those of women, children and civilian men. More than 3 million people have been displaced and are living in IDP camps. More than 350,000 people are deprived of humanitarian support due to the threat of attack faced by aid workers. Thousands of people starve each month because the Sudanese government impedes these humanitarian aid efforts. A further 4 million Darfurian residents are entirely dependant on the limited international humanitarian assistance. The violence is now spilling into the neighbouring area of Eastern Chad.
Why is the situation allowed to continue?
Although the Sudanese Government has committed to allowing a 26,000 strong peacekeeper force in the Durfurian region, they have continually demonstrated their contempt for the people of Darfur. The Sudanese Government is in blatant conflict with the UN’s Security Council Resolution 1674, which gives the international community the “Responsibility to Protect” civilians from genocide when governments fail to do so.
What We Do
We sound the alarm and demand action from government leaders, leveraging the power of our activist and survivor networks to ensure that silence and ignorance do not strengthen and enable the perpetrators of genocide and other atrocities.
We apply public pressure to shame and stop companies and governments that finance violence.
We reach out to students, community activists, faith leaders, artists, investors and human rights champions who are committed to preventing mass atrocities and ending genocide once and for all.
Provide a support network for the West-Sudanese community in Canada and create positive change in the lives of West-Sudanese refugees.
Raise awareness about the crisis in West Sudan and give a voice to the Sudanese community in Canada.
Stimulate discussion and thought on peace and security and international development in West Sudan through open dialogue, events and education.
Campaign and mobilize Canadian and Sudanese people to demand appropriate action from the Canadian Government to uphold Canada’s Responsibility to Protect.
Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, is responsible for the genocide in West Sudan and has continued and expanded attacks into the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are displaced or slaughtered.
The Sudanese government continues to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against its own civilians. The people of West Sudan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile need you to act now.