Canadian Sudanese rally for Darfur

11.07.04

A rally in Toronto today is aimed at persuading world powers to do more in Sudan’s Darfur region, where over 50,000 people have already been killed, and millions more are homeless and in urgent need of aid. And Jewish groups are lending their support:

Canadians for Action in Darfur, a coalition of more than 40 community groups, is planning a rally Nov. 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Queens Park.

The coalition, co-chaired by Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario region, and KAIROS, the justice wing of the Canadian Council of Churches, was formed to address the horrors being committed in the Darfur region of Sudan, said Simon Rosenblum, director of public policy and Israel affairs for CJC, and co-chair of the rally’s steering committee as a representative of CJC and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

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Other community groups in the coalition include Ve’ahavta: the Canadian Jewish and Humanitarian Relief Committee; the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism; Oxfam Canada; Save the Children; and CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan).

What’s going on in Darfur is yet more evidence of the UN’s inability to do anything about this crisis, which has been going on for months. I hope that Canada steps up to do more, at least on a political frame because it’s clear there’s very little we can do militarily.

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