the sudan and genocide

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.

Since early 2003, Sudanese armed forces and Sudanese government-backed militia known as ‘‘Janjaweed’’ have been fighting two rebel groups in Darfur, the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The stated political aim of the rebels has been to compel the government of Sudan to address underdevelopment and the political marginalization of the region. In response, the Sudanese government's regular armed forces and the Janjaweed - largely composed of fighters of nomadic background - have targeted civilian populations and ethnic groups from which the rebels primarily draw their support - the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

The Bush Administration has recognized these atrocities - carried out against civilians primarily by the government of Sudan and its allied Janjaweed militias - as genocide. António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has described the situation in Sudan and Chad as ‘‘the largest and most complex humanitarian problem on the globe.’’

With much international pressure, the Darfur Peace Agreement was brokered in May 2006 between the government of Sudan and one faction of Darfur rebels. However, deadlines have been ignored and the violence has escalated, with in-fighting among the various rebel groups and factions dramatically increasing and adding a new layer of complexity to the conflict. This violence has made it dangerous, if not impossible, for most of the millions of displaced persons to return to their homes. Humanitarian aid agencies face growing obstacles to bringing widespread relief. In August 2006, the UN's top humanitarian official Jan Egeland stated that the situation in Darfur is ‘‘going from real bad to catastrophic.’’

rock to save darfur

Rock To Save Darfur, a 501c3 not for profit organization, has a mission to end the suffering in the Sudan. Three components of this mission are education, advocacy and relief efforts. Education includes events, speakers, literature, media, film, still images and music that will inform the public about the genocide and slavery in the Sudan. Advocacy includes utilizing the education component as a mean to prompt action that can end the suffering in Sudan.

Present advocacy efforts include complete divestment from all public and private entities doing business in the Sudan, targeted sanctions on members of the Sudanese government, enforcement of UN resolutions to provide a robust peacekeeping force and a no-fly zone.

Rock To Save Darfur provides financial support to the following organizations: Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Jewish World Watch, Christian Solidarity International, Darfur Peoples Association of Greater New York, American Jewish World Services, SaveDarfur.org and others.

Join the Rock To Save Darfur today
As a member of Rock To Save Darfur, you will be part of a community that will educate others about the suffering in the Sudan. You can also advocate and raise money for organizations dedicated to ending the suffering.

We can provide you or your organization with artists, speakers and/or information that you can distribute and speak about at concerts, events or shows that you are producing or participating in. You can also attach information to your website, link to Rock To Save Darfur and receive updates regarding the situation in Darfur and throughout the Sudan.

participants at rtsd events

Rock To Save Darfur, New York Society of Ethical Culture, Save The Children, Amnesty International, Students For Free Tibet, Burma Democracy Council, George Clinton & P-Funk, Talib Kweli, Rejectionist Front, Stephanie McKay, Immortal Technique, Akir, MC Crenshaw, Mar Gueye, Joshua Meltzer, Women of the Calabash, Ron Haviv, Jim Brennan, Eric Gioia, Bushara Dosa, Moe Chan