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Senate Majority Leader Reid on Darfur

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Senate Majority Leader Reid on Darfur

Posted by Meghna Raj on May 22, 2009

Earlier this week, Mia Farrow and the Enough Project met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to talk about the ongoing genocide in Darfur. During the meeting, we discussed the urgent need for immediate and effective action to end Sudan’s crises.

Last night, Senator Reid highlighted the situation in Darfur though a statement he issued for the Congressional Record. He echoed our plea to stop continuing to make Darfur a backburner issue, saying:

The terrible situation in Darfur deteriorates with each passing day.  But we don’t hear much about it.  It has long since faded from the front pages in the face of everything else going on in our economy and the two wars we wage in the Middle East.

We cannot ignore this crisis. The United States has officially and appropriately recognized that what is happening in Darfur is genocide.  For the more than 2.4 million people who have been displaced against their will, we cannot look the other way and cannot stand idly by.

It is encouraging that Senator Reid is eager to bring Darfur back into the national spotlight and encourage action. Hopefully, it is a sign that our nation is ready to address the situation in a way that will bring a end to the violence and bring a lasting peace to the region — sooner rather than later.