Thursday, May 15, 2008

Peacekeepers and Aid for the People of Darfur

This April the House and Senate appropriations committees are considering supplemental appropriations bills that should include funding for humanitarian aid and peacekeeping operations in Darfur. The U.S. government is currently $334 million short of its expected contributions to United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for FY08. Some $50 million is needed to transition African Union peacekeepers to UNAMID, and to provide essential transport equipment for them to protect civilians in Darfur. Famine and disaster assistance is short $335 million to provide to provide for the needs of displaced Darfuri and other civilians. We need you to ensure that your elected officials support this critical funding for Darfur. Contact your Senators and Representative today to request their active support for funding for UNAMID peacekeepers and humanitarian assistance for the people of Darfur.

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