The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today announced that it has joined with more than 70 other
faith-based, humanitarian and human rights groups in signing a “Unity
Statement and Call to Action” in response to the ongoing humanitarian
crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
The statement, issued by the Save Darfur Coalition, seeks to raise public
awareness and to mobilize North Americans and members of the international
community to help end the crisis in and around Darfur that threatens the
lives of two million people.
After outlining the suffering faced by the people of Darfur, the statement
calls for specific actions that include worldwide efforts to stop
population displacement and end crimes against humanity, governmental
humanitarian support and access to match the need, support for relief
organizations providing aid, the rebuilding of villages and the return of
those displaced, and the creation of a UN commission of inquiry.
“It is important that Americans of all faiths first understand the misery
felt by the people of Darfur and then act to help alleviate their
suffering,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper also
cautioned against portraying the crisis in terms of ethnic stereotypes or
allowing exploitation of the suffering to promote political or religious
CAIR has urged American Muslims to send donations to Islamic relief organizations working in Darfur.
Other Muslim groups signing the statement include the Islamic Circle of
North America, Islamic American Relief Agency, Muslim American Society
Freedom Foundation, and the American Sufi Muslim Association.
In addition to the statement, the Save Darfur Coalition is sponsoring a
national Interfaith Day of Conscience on Wednesday, August 25, in churches,
synagogues, mosques, and community centers nationwide.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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