Moderator urges continued relief to Darfur.REV. M. JEAN MORRIS, moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada is the name of a Protestant Christian church, of presbyterian and reformed theology and polity, serving in Canada under this name since 1875, although the United Church of Canada claimed the right to the name from 1925 to 1939. , along with 15 other Canadian faith leaders, recently commended the Government of Canada The Government of Canada is the federal government of Canada. The powers and structure of the federal government are set out in the Constitution of Canada.
In modern Canadian use, the term "government" (or "federal government") refers broadly to the cabinet of the day and for the significant contributions made to support humanitarian and relief efforts in Darfur, Sudan, and to assist the African Union Mission in Sudan “AMIS” redirects here. For other meanings of the acronym, see Amis.
The African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) is an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force operating primarily in the country's western region of Darfur with the aim of performing peacekeeping operations in its efforts to provide security.
Addressed to the prime minister, the letter was issued through the Canadian Council of Churches The Canadian Council of Churches/Le conseil canadien des églises is an ecumenical Christian forum of churches in Canada.
It was founded on 27 September 1944 at Yorkminster Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario. on Jan. 17, and stated that "people of faith in Canada have worked in solidarity with the people of Sudan for many years, developing long partnerships and collaboration.
"Canadians are looking to our political leaders to continue taking steps, unilaterally, bilaterally and multilaterally, to protect communities under threat, boldly work with others to resolve the conflict, and restore peace and safety to the people of Darfur."
The ecumenical leaders, representing Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox, Sikh and Hindu traditions, said, "as the crisis continues into a fourth year, we urge the government to include Darfur at the top of its international policy agenda, and take actions that would be effective in bringing peace and security to the people there."
A follow-up letter follow-up letter n → carta recordatoria will be sent to Canada's new Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
The crisis has left about one million people homeless since the conflict began in Feb. 2003, with deaths estimated to be anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 as a result of militia militia (məlĭsh`ə), military organization composed of citizens enrolled and trained for service in times of national emergency. Its ranks may be filled either by enlistment or conscription. attacks, as well as a lack of food, sanitation and healthcare in refugee camps. Approximately 130,000 people are living in these camps in neighbouring Chad.