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Petitioning Moderator for Presidential Debate Bob Schieffer

Moderator for Presidential Debate: Ask a question about Sudan at the presidential debate

To those who stand for peace and justice in our world,

We, Brian and Carolyn, are college students concerned that the extreme suffering in Sudan is being ignored by the international community.

Please sign this petition so that when President Obama and Governor Romney meet for the foreign policy debates on Oct. 16th and 22nd, they answer the question: What about SUDAN?

“The suffering of the Sudanese people continues unabated despite several now-stalled efforts by the international community. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed but never fully implemented. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution requiring Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their differences or face consequences, but neither has happened.

“What are you, if elected, going to do to stop the suffering of the Sudanese people?”

The conflicts have been going on for decades between the North and the South and in the western region of Darfur. With the independence of South Sudan last year, we had hope that the world community would join in assisting this troubled region to greater stability. If we combine deaths and displacement of people from the North-South conflict over the past two decades and the conflict in the western region of Darfur, more than 6 million people have been displaced and more than 2 million people have been killed. The Government of Sudan is still blocking humanitarian access to populations in need.

When the atrocities of the Holocaust became widely known, our parents wished fervently they could turn back the clock and prevent it. Still grieving, the world moved forward and swore Never Again. When nearly a million people were massacred over 100 days in Rwanda, we wished fervently we could turn back the clock and prevent it. Still grieving, the world moved forward and we swore Never Again. Today, we are faced with a choice: We can turn a blind eye until our children cry “Never Again,” or we can stand up and ensure Never Again means Never Again.

As the presidential candidates prepare to debate America’s leadership and our place in the world, we ask you to help voice the demand that there be no place for genocide in our world.

We are Americans. We are citizens of the world. We are taking a stand so that Never Again means Never Again.

Thank you,

Brian Wagner and Carolyn Rau
College Students, Global Citizens, Registered Voters

Brian Wagner is a Senior at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador, a supporter of the ENOUGH Project, and former Pa. state coordinator of STAND-the student-led division of United to End Genocide.

Carolyn Rau is a Junior at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassador.

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    Bob Schieffer

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