|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
DECEMBER 13, 2004
|CONTACT: American Anti-Slavery Group
Maria Sliwa, 973-272-2861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Candlelight Vigil to Protest the Genocide in Darfur, Sudan; Death Toll Expected to Reach 400,000 by End of This Month
NEW YORK, NY -- December 13 -- News Advisory: Diverse groups will join in a candlelight vigil today, Dec. 13, at the Fountain Plaza in Washington Square Park, New York City, at 6:30 p.m. Slavery survivor Simon Deng will be a keynote speaker at the event.|
The latest statistics indicate that as many as 350,000 people have died in the past 18 months, and that an additional 10,000 to 30,000 are still dying every month. By the end of this month, the genocide in Darfur, will have claimed 400,000 lives, which is half as many lives as were lost in the Rwandan genocide a decade ago.
Nearly 2 million people have been displaced inside Darfur and many of these are beyond humanitarian access. Almost 250,000 Sudanese have fled as refugees to neighboring Chad. As the violence, rape and the destruction of villages continue, security remains a primary concern throughout the area.
The Candlelight Vigil is sponsored by:
-- Columbia Coalition for Sudan
-- NYU Law Students for Human Rights
-- Judson Memorial Church
-- Massaleit Community in Exile
-- Darfur Rehabilitation Project
-- Students of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
-- Pax Christi Metro New York
-- Brooklyn Peace Action
-- NY Board of Rabbis
-- Church of St. Francis Xavier
-- Brooklyn Parents for Peace
-- United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
-- American Anti-Slavery Group, New York Chapter.
The movement to stop the genocide in Sudan is growing stronger every day. Through rallies, candlelight vigils, petitions, divestment campaigns, and fundraisers, activists are making a difference. Individuals and communities across the country are demanding immediate action to stop the genocide perpetrated by the Sudanese regime.