It is with great urgency and excitement that Simon Deng and I inform you of our plans for the 2nd Sudan Freedom Walk – A Call to Europe. We hope to build on the success of Simon Deng and David Brehoff's 300-mile journey from New York to Washington, D.C. last April.
From early evening on Friday, December 8th, through Monday, December 11th, we will carry our message over 100 miles, from NATO Headquarters and the European Parliament in Brussels to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We will stop in the major Belgian and Dutch cities of Antwerp, Breda, Dordrecht, and Rotterdam for rallies or vigils (depending on the time of our arrival) along the way. We otherwise plan to walk continuously to dramatize the experience of the Sudanese who, without warning but the sound of approaching attackers, must embark on much longer, more treacherous journeys, with no food, no water, no chance for sleep, and no knowledge of where they may next find sanctuary.
After the last Walk, members of both parties on the Hill – including President Bush, and new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – told us personally that we needed to expand our work towards convincing Europe and NATO of the need to act in Sudan. Since China and Russia, with their extensive business contracts in Sudan, will likely never approve a forceful UN Security Council resolution against Sudan, it is time to work outside the UN, to plead our case directly to individual governments, the EU, and NATO, as well as to the free people of the world in general.
We invite you to join us walking in person or by supporting our effort financially. Further information on donating, and an online form, will be available soon. Please help us to spread the word, especially if you have friends or family in Europe. And certainly feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
This Walk will not be easy: it will be long, cold, possibly wet, and definitely exhausting. We will make all arrangements for food and housing along the way (if told of participation at least two weeks prior to the Walk), though some participants have already expressed their desire to walk without food or sleep.
It's not too late to stop this genocide. It may be embarrassingly, appallingly, outrageously late, but it is not too late until there are no more lives left to save.
The time for talk is over. It's time to walk the walk.
Leiden, The Netherlands