A letter written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – about Sudan and South Sudan

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Below is a copy of a letter that was sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the atrocities in Sudan and South Sudan.  As you know, I was there in April with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse and I have never, never, never seen such a life or death crisis for hundreds of thousans — and I have been to many places as a result of my job here at Fox.  I have been to hurricanes, earthquakes, poverty stricken neigbhorhoods and countries etc. — but never seen anything like the refugees in Sudan fleeing for their lives with no food (eating bugs and leaves), no water (temperature 110 degrees), no shoes etc.  The President of Sudan is under indictment at the ICC for genocide in Darfur region and now he has turned to another region in his own country.  He is killing his own citizens.  It is impossible to adequately describe the cruelty.

August 2, 2012

 

 

The Honorable

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. 20520

 

 

“We were so hungry that our bodies were black skeletons. We weren’t sure of the day or the hour it would happen, we were only certain of one thing- we were all going to die. We were all alone and no one seemed to care. No one came to our rescue.

I think that you could read every history book ever written and you would never read about children burying other children, but that’s what we were forced to do.”

 

Dear Secretary Clinton,

 

These harrowing words were spoken by a former Lost Boy from South Sudan, as he recalled his childhood spent on the run from enemy soldiers and living in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. He was one of over 30,000 children separated from their parents during the long lasting civil war between north and south Sudan. Their story is one of the most amazing stories that I’ve ever heard –one of faith, courage and the sheer determination to survive by a group of young children known as the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan. It’s a story that should never have to be told.

Much attention has been focused on the story of the Lost boys (and girls), both by the media and by everyday people, such as me, who have formed foundations to assist them, written books about their story and spoken at events around the US helping to raise awareness for the South Sudanese people. Many of us have achieved great success in our efforts and previously gained the attention and support of former President, George Bush Jr. Under his Presidency we were invited to meetings at the White House and State Department and regular phone conferences, in which we were able to voice our concerns and offer suggestions for helping the people of South Sudan. Unfortunately, we seemed to have lost ground in recent years and our voices appear to be lost, along with the voices of new generations of forgotten children of Sudan, in Darfur and The Nuba Mountains.

I’m sickened and greatly disheartened that we as a world people seem to have learned nothing since the days of the Jewish Holocaust, when we pledged as a world people, NEVER AGAIN! Did that pledge exclude the people (children) of north and south Sudan?

I have great admiration and respect for you, Secretary Clinton, both as a woman and as Secretary of State for the United States of America. I’ve recently learned that you will be traveling to Sudan and even though this is a last minute request, I implore you, as a world leader and as a mother, PLEASE, make time in your schedule to visit Yida refugee camp and others, where the newest generation of forgotten children from Sudan, the children from the Nuba Mountains, have sought refuge. Like their predecessors from South Sudan and Darfur, they have suffered separation from families, attacks by north government soldiers, starvation and much more.

Many of us who support the people of Sudan, are concerned that unless the U.S. intercedes with air drops and pressure on Sudan to negotiate in good faith regarding Resolution 2046 that a new generation of children will remain waiting for their turn to die; waiting for someone like YOU, Secretary Clinton, to come to their rescue.

Sincerely,

Joan Hecht

Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan

http://www.allianceforthelostboys.com

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cc:

 

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, US Special Envoy to Sudan

 

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of African Affairs

 

Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council

 

Samantha Powers, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council

 

Ambassador Akec Khoc, M.D., Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to the United States

 

 

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