Canadian Students for Darfur

April 25, 2007 20:36 ET

Nanaimo Walk April 29-Global Day for Darfur Genocide-D4D

Thousands to Rally World-wide to Demand UN Action in Darfur and to Urge China to Prevent the 2008 Olympics being called "Genocide Olympics"

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - Canadian Students for Darfur will begin a walk from Bowen Park on Sunday, April 29 at 11:30 AM followed by live music from VooDoo Dave, Illonois, Afreed trio and Nico Rhodes, speakers including CSFDarfur's founder Clement Apaak, Nanaimo's African Heritage Society, Amnesty International. The event ends with a volleyball tournament (pre-registration required).

April 29 marks the grim fourth anniversary of the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, that has seen 500,000 civilians murdered and/or raped, their livestock killed, their crops and homes burned and their water points destroyed. Two million survivors have been driven from their homes to starve them to death.

People world-wide will demand that their governments protect unarmed Darfuri civilians, press the Government of Sudan to not renege on its agreement to admit a UN force, and appeal to the Chinese (PRC) government to press Sudan, its oil supplier, to stop this genocide by guns, rape and starvation in Darfur so that the 2008 Beijing "One World, One Dream" Olympics do not become known as the "Genocide Olympics".

Across North America over 150 events ranging from walks and concerts to demonstrations at Sudanese and Chinese embassies are being held, including events in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Events will urge governments to pressure the UN Security Council to take immediate action to protect the people of Darfur as it promised. The "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P), passed by the UN General Assembly in 2005, has yet to be implemented. It pledges to "take collective action...if national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity."

After the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, world leaders swore "Never Again", yet Sudanese soldiers and janjaweed militias have been raping and murdering unarmed citizens for four years with impunity.

See www.csfdarfur.net, www.DayForDarfur.org, http://www.darfurconsortium.org/ and http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/04/10/google.genocide/index.html created last week by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google's mapping service. It graphically shows the extent of murder, rape, and destruction in Darfur.

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.

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