Right now, Sudan is hell on Earth.

A genocidal army has raped and massacred thousands of people. There’s evidence of child soldiers fighting and dying, and mass graves dot the desert.

Now Darfur’s capital is under attack, with almost a million refugees trapped inside. Experts are calling it a “killbox.”

These unspeakable atrocities are happening in a near-total information blackout. Sudan has shuttered the internet, arrested local reporters, and blocked foreign journalists — meaning very little media coverage, or pressure on governments to act.

But a small team of war-crimes investigators is breaking through, using a cutting-edge combination of satellite imagery and witness accounts to document the shocking violence. The project has already led to major news stories and government intervention, helping to trigger sanctions on the worst warlords.

The war in Sudan has created one of the worst humanitarian crises on Earth — and getting attention on it is only the first step. There’s no guarantee it will be enough.

But this strategy has worked before. In 2004, a massive public awareness campaign pushed an unfolding genocide in Darfur to the top of the world’s agenda, saving lives. But 300,000 people died then — we can’t let that happen again.

If we raise enough money we can:

Fund “eye in the sky” satellite monitoring to track troops in real time, expose the foreign actors fuelling these atrocities, and use the data to protect civilians by alerting media and governments;

Pile pressure on governments everywhere with advocacy tours in key capitals, while galvanising urgent action at the UN, from the Security Council to humanitarian teams;

Fund an international media operation to document the humanitarian crisis and secure coverage of genocidal violence in major news outlets; and

Build an emergency response fund to power urgent campaigns to protect civilians caught up in war as soon as they are needed.

This is our chance to have a direct impact in the face of abject horror — funding proven action that could help prevent genocide and save lives. If we all join, even chipping in a tiny amount will make a huge difference.

Contact Avaaz. Avaaz has helped break the silence around civilian slaughters in Syria, Yemen, and Ukraine. Now we must do it for Sudan, so we can truly say: never again.

With endless hope and determination,

Camille, Bert, Kaitlin, Will, John, Marigona, Shayna, Mike and the whole team at Avaaz

PS. This might be your first donation to our movement ever. But what a first donation! Did you know that Avaaz relies entirely on small donations from members like you? That’s why we’re fully independent, nimble and effective. Join the over 1 million people who’ve donated to make Avaaz a real force for good in the world.

Note: Avaaz members have directly helped to fund some of the research and reports mentioned in this email. Coverage has appeared in the following outlets: BBC, Al Jazeera, The Economist, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Foreign Policy, Refugees International, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, The Globe and Mail, The New Humanitarian, Libération, Le Point, PassBlue, The New Arab, Sudan Tribune, Ayin, and more.

More information:

A Massacre Threatens Darfur — Again (The New York Times)

Nowhere is safe as deadly fighting escalates in El Fasher, North Darfur (MSF)

One Year On, Sudan’s Civil War Is a ‘Forgotten Crisis’ (Bloomberg)

As famine looms in Sudan, the hungry eat soil and leaves (Reuters)







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