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Monday, March 03, 2008

International Women's Day: MADRE appeals for aid to Darfur

Scorched Earth Strategy Escalates in Darfur. More than 1,000 people are being forced to flee their homes every day. Children are being separated from their families. You can help.

The Sudanese government and its allied Janjaweed militias have stepped up attacks against families in Darfur. In the past month, militiamen have rampaged through towns and villages, burning, looting, and raping along the way.

In Suleia, the Janjaweed killed dozens of people and reduced much of the town to hut-shaped circles of ash. Hundreds of children scattered in chaos when their classroom was attacked. They have not been reunited with their families.

According to the United Nations, 45,000 Darfurians have been forced to flee their homes in the latest wave of fighting. Aid workers say that 20,000 people are in imminent danger because they have fled along the route of the government's military offensive.

As the war in Darfur continues into its sixth year, villagers, aid workers, diplomats and analysts fear that a new and bloodier cycle of violence is taking hold.

You can help. Zenab, a Sudanese women’s organization and MADRE’s partner in Sudan, works in the refugee camps. Zenab knows the women and children directly affected by the crisis and is responding to their needs by:

* providing programs to prevent gender-based sexual violence (including rape);
* building rest rooms to allow women a measure of privacy;
* hiring security to protect women when they collect firewood;
* providing counseling and play therapy to traumatized children who find themselves in refugee camps, many of them without adult family members; and
* purchasing food staples like millet and sorghum.

With the support of members like you, we are making a difference for people on the edge of survival. With your contribution of $50, $100, $500, or more, we can increase our impact and reach even more people in the camps.

We know you care. International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month is an especially good opportunity to show your support for women in Darfur. Please send your contribution today. Let’s make sure that women and children in Darfur know that we have not forgotten them.

You can also send a tax-deductible contribution to MADRE by mail or over the phone at the address and number below. Please be sure to write "Darfur" in the memo line of your check.

121 West 27th Street, Room 301
New York, NY 10001

(212) 627-0444

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