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Sudan: Sample Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor...

Dear Editor,

I write to urge you to continue covering the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by government-backed militia. Imagine losing 3000 people every week – the same number of people we lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center. That’s how many people are dying in Darfur.

The response of the international community has been heavy on rhetoric, but weak on action. The U.N. Security Council has threatened but not imposed sanctions on the Sudanese government, while U.S. contributions in support of humanitarian relief and the African Union observers now on the ground total less than what we spend in Iraq in a single day.

Across the country, American citizens have organized benefits, rallies, protests and action campaigns, all aimed at bringing attention to the Darfur crisis and urging our government and the United Nations to do more.

We all need to know what is happening in Darfur, and to do what we can to stop the crisis. Please keep the Sudan story on your front page – for all of us.

Yours sincerely,