ANCA to Hold Darfur Genocide Vigil at White House

–May 25 Protest to Call for Decisive US Response to Unfolding Genocide

WASHINGTON–DC (ANCA)–Armenian Americans–the descendents of the first genocide of the 20th century–will host a White House vigil on May 25 to help bring an end to the first genocide of the 21st century–the systematic massacres–mass starvation–and ethnic cleansing taking place today in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Up to 400,000 people have already died and more than 2,000,000 dislocated in Darfur over the past two years. Recent reports confirm that the situation on the ground is deteriorating and the humanitarian crisis is reaching desperate proportions.

This special Armenian American vigil–hosted by the ANCA–will take place from 5:30-6:30 pm in Lafayette Park–across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. The gathering will be the most recent in a series of vigils–organized every Wednesday by Africa Action–a leading advocate for US and international action on the Darfur genocide. For directions or more information–contact ANCA at (202) 775-1918 or anca@anca.org.

New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof–a leading voice for US action on Darfur–has written to the ANCA about the situation in Sudan. In a powerfully worded letter–he touched on the unique responsibility of Armenia’s–as victims of genocide–to help end the ongoing suffering in Darfur and to work toward preventing future crimes against humanity. In congratulating the ANCA for holding the vigil–he stressed–"Obviously–crimes against any part of humanity require a response from all the rest of humanity–but I think any group that has suffered a systematic attack also has a particular responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen again to some other group."

The ANCA has participated in previous Darfur vigils–protested outside the Sudanese Embassy–spoken at genocide prevention conferences–and generated support–both at the grassroots level and in Washington–DC–for Congressional legislation aimed at ending the slaughter in the Darfur region.

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