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2004-08-04 - 7:34 p.m.

Sovereign Sudan

The United Nations has given them 30 days to stop the genocide in Darfur. In the meantime, thousands escaping to Chad will be dying with little or no aid once the rains begin. They have no water and no food. I watched a heartwrenching story tonight on Jim Lehrer Hour...and could only wonder "What are we to do? Thirty days is an eternity."

In Darfur, a region in western Sudan approximately the size of Texas, over a million people are threatened with torture and death at the hands of marauding militia and a genocidal government. Stories of the horror of genocide abound.

Nutrition remains a major problem. Their only hope is for aid in these refugee camps. All of their crops have been destroyed back in their villages and there will be no more food until next harvest, if, indeed, they have any seed left to plant. Much of the aid that is being airlifted is not reaching the refugee camps, but is sitting by the river bed.

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