The New York Times reported last night that the judges of the International Criminal Court have decided to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Advocates for the people of Sudan note that this marks a step toward justice. Deep concern accompanies the announcement for the real dangers this step may present in the short-term.
As the Save Darfur Coalition puts it, "There is every reason to believe that Bashir may react by lashing out against civilians, aid workers or peacekeeping forces. We need a clear, bold message from President Obama that the U.S. will not stand for retribution from Khartoum."
The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum and the Save Darfur Coalition suggest we call for the appointment of a special envoy — a high-level official with the stature, mandate and authority to be the U.S. point person on Sudan.
The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum suggests calling 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800- 436-6243) with this message. They also provide analysis of the situation that can serve as talking points.
The Save Darfur Coalition provides an opportunity to email President Obama.
In either case, now is a pivotal moment for the people of Sudan. As we act, may we also pray that God will guide and bless those who pursue peace.