As the world slowly begins to focus its gaze on the rapidly escalating tensions in Sudan, more and more groups are calling for the arrest of indicted war criminal President Omar al-Bashir as a key component to bringing an end to the violence. Joining in this global outcry with some clever new advocacy films is the Paris-based organization “Collectif Urgence Darfour.”
Founded in 2005, the group focuses its efforts on raising awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur, and strongly advocates that all guilty parties are brought justice. As part of a recent campaign to generate signatures for their Stop Bashir petition, they released two short informational videos that are worth watching and sharing. (Warning: The first video contains graphic images.)
Collectif Urgence Darfour’s short films offer a refreshingly creative and even slightly whimsical perspective, while concisely addressing the severity and urgency of the situation in Sudan. They express a growing sentiment that having a president who is accused of orchestrating genocide against his own people is a singular, intractable obstruction that must be adequately addressed before the country can truly begin to move forward.
As violence in Sudan stretches from South Kordofan and Blue Nile, to Abyei and Darfur—not to mention Sudan’s deteriorating relationship with its southern neighbor—there’s a clear need for a comprehensive approach to bringing peace to the region. Support the effort by asking your representative to support the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012.