Even as we celebrate the end of 2011 with our families and loved ones, we are deeply saddened by the violence in so many places this season. We ask our friends and supporters to keep in their hearts the victims of the tragic bombing of churches in Nigeria on Christmas Day this year. We keep in our hearts also those men, women, and children fleeing heedless and escalating violence in southern Sudan and we stand with the courageous citizens of Syria who continue to hope for peace. Where we have seen change, and glimmers of hope this year — in Libya, in Cote d’Ivoire, even in Burma — we ask our friends working for change within those countries to remind us of what we can do to support them in their struggles.
As we look ahead to 2012, we celebrate the vital importance of our movement and of each of our many friends, allies, and supporters standing together and daring to believe in the possibility of a generation without genocide. We resolve to stand with you more firmly than ever in 2012, knowing that ultimately the only thing that will make a lasting difference will be citizens around the world, standing together, to insist that those who target civilians in these acts of violence be stopped, and brought to justice, in all places and at all times.
We know it is a bold hope that we might end 2012 with a true season of peace around the world- but that is our New Year’s wish.