A rally is being organized by a coalition of more than 50 Manatee and Sarasota organizations to bring attention to the conditions in Darfur and hoping to inspire people to show support of the preservation of humanity.
On April 19, Omer Ismail will bring his dire message, "Why the World Failed to Stop Genocide in Darfur," to Sarasota as the keynote speaker of the third annual Humanity Working to End Genocide Rally for Darfur.
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan wasted no time in thumbing his nose at the International Criminal Court after it issued a warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges.
Bashir expelled more than a dozen major aid organizations that were a lifeline for Darfur's suffering people, then attended an Arab League summit in Qatar, where he was welcomed with open arms, and travelled to four other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia.
During his visit to Darfur, US Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration has urged Sudanese humanitarian groups to join in the effort to rescue Darfur war victims. After visiting the Zamzam refugee camp in North Darfur over the weekend, Ambassador Gration, a retired US Air Force Major General, also suggested that Khartoum should invite in aid groups from other Arab nations to help save Darfur's displaced population, which he says lack water and adequate health care.
Last month, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered 13 foreign aid groups to leave Sudan after he was charged by the International Criminal Court with committing war crimes in Darfur.