Canadian Students for Darfur

April 24, 2009 16:25 ET

Canadian Students for Darfur: Vancouver Art Gallery Rally April 26

Drums for Darfur protests 6th year of Genocide D4D6 There's nothing left to bomb, so Sudan attacks and expels aid groups to exterminate surviving farmers by starving them to death

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - Canadian Students for Darfur, Amnesty International, Africa Peace Forum, Anglican Justice & Peace Unit, STAND-UBC and others will drum and demand an end to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street this Sunday, April 26, from 1 until 5 pm.

Since 2003 April, 500,000 farmers have been slaughtered. Bombing and burning of villages, water points, crops, and livestock by the Sudanese military and Janjaweed militias has been so devastating that there is almost nothing left to destroy. Three million survivors fled to refugee camps, where women & children are raped and murdered. To complete the genocide, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has attacked humanitarian aid groups and expelled them in order to starve refugees to death. His pretext is his recent indictment by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity; the first indictment of a sitting head of state. His ramping up of the genocide supports the allegation.

The Government of Sudan, protected by China's need for its oil, continues to defy the United Nations. It even attacks, with impunity, the UNAMID troops deployed to protect Darfuris and aid agencies. It is emboldened by world leaders who have turned a blind eye to the genocide.

Dr Clement Apaak, founder of Canadian Students for Darfur, declares "After the preventable Rwandan genocide, world leaders, who did nothing to stop it, swore 'Never again!' but now they are callously facilitating another genocide."

Confirmed speakers include MPs Don Davies, Sukh Dhaliwal & Bill Siksay, Adrienne Carr of the Green Party of Canada, Dr Michael Byers, Professor Peter Prontzos and high-school & university students. Letters of support from Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP MP Peter Julian will be read. In addition to live African drumming, there will also be live music.

At the protest, Canadian Students for Darfur will release its new position paper explaining what the Harper government can do to stop the genocide.

Canadian Students for Darfur is a non-profit organization begun in 2004 in response to the genocide. It has chapters in high schools, colleges and universities across Canada, and is registered in BC as the Association of Canadian Students for Darfur.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Students for Darfur
    Clement Apaak
    Canadian Students for Darfur
    Bruce Edwards
    1-604-820-3646 (Mission, BC)