The Institute on Religion and Democracy Condemns Massacre of Sudanese
The Institute on Religion and Democracy
IRD Condemns Massacre of Sudanese Refugees in Cairo:
Rally at Egyptian Embassy Thursday
Washington, DC, January 4, 2006: The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Church Alliance for a New Sudan (CANS) today condemned the massacre of Sudanese refugees late last week in Cairo. In an extraordinarily underreported incident on Friday, December 30, 2005, thousands of Egyptian security police assaulted some 2,500 plus Sudanese men, women, and children who were camped across from the offices of U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Sources, including the Cairo representative of the Government of Southern Sudan and respected Sudan expert Professor Eric Reeves, now indicate that as many as 265 people died in the attack and a New York Times story depicts the plight of hundreds of others whose fate is unknown.
IRD is co-sponsoring a demonstration at the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, , January 5, from 11AM to 2PM to protest the deaths.
The demonstration is being organized by the SPLM/USA and the Nuba Mountains International Association. "This is just the latest indication of the Egyptian government’s callous attitude towards African Sudanese," said CANS director Faith McDonnell.
A petition to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and a letter to the U.S. Congress, signed by thousands of Sudanese around the world, detail the conditions that prompted Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers to camp outside the U.N. office in Cairo. "Without your immediate intervention, Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers will continue to languish in the den of murderous brutality in Egypt and end up like the Tutsis in Rwanda and Bosnians in Serbia," the petition urges Secretary General Annan.