My name is Kristen and I live in Des Moines, IA and on March 16 I will go hungry.
On that day, as part of United to End Genocide’s Day of Action for Sudan — I will join with thousands of others on a nationwide hunger strike coupled with a protest in Washington DC to alert the world to this startling fact: As early as the end of March, nearly half a million people in Sudan will be on the brink of starvation.
But the reason I’m taking action is even more personal. I’m doing it for my friend Yousif — a refugee from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, who has been watching the most recent wave of violence unfold from Des Moines after fleeing from similar violence a decade ago.
Not much has changed since his departure, except that the violence has become even worse. Yousif continues to receive word from friends and family still on the ground that aerial bombs are terrorizing men, women, and children every day and destroying crops so desperately needed to feed their communities. And he is watching in horror as the humanitarian aid that could save them is blocked by Sudan’s own President.
Since June of last year, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s regime has been waging a brutal campaign of violence against his own people and he’s been using food as a weapon of war — literally putting half a million people at risk of starvation.
It’s inconceivable what Yousif and so many others have had to endure — and I cannot sit back and do nothing when there’s this much injustice unraveling right before my very eyes. If you are as outraged as I am, here are two ways you can get involved right now:
1. Participate in the Day of Action on March 16. Find out how you can participate in the hunger strike or attend the protest in Washington D.C.
2. Make a donation in solidarity so that we may continue to raise awareness and demand relief for the people of Sudan. $5 or $50, any amount makes a difference.
Erik, I’ve never experienced random bombings that destroy the crops in my state. Nor suffered under a dictator who systematically starves me and my family while keeping us in a constant state of terror with violence and deadly assault. I don’t believe anyone should have to survive those conditions — not Yousif, not anyone.
I hope you’ll get involved today. We simply can’t wait any longer to act.