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Correspondence from Representative Simmons (R - CT2nd)

Concerning the conflict between the Sudan government and rebel forces in Darfur region of western Sudan

Subject: From Rep. Simmons
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 13:19:19 -0400

Dear Joyce:

6 year old Hadida from World Vision site
LEARN MORE about the plight of the refugees of Durfur.

In addition, on July 22 the House unanimously passed H.Con.Res. 467, which declares the violence against the people of Darfur a genocide and calls on the world to join the United States in taking steps to stop it. The Senate also passed H.Con.Res 467 and H.Con.Res. 403 -- meaning both the House and the Senate have spoken in unison and displayed strong support for the people of Darfur.

Thanks again for contacting me. Your opinions help me to better serve the people of Connecticut. Should you have any further questions or comments regarding this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.

All the best,

Rob Simmons, Member of Congress
Second Distict, Connecticut

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Thank you for contacting me in support of the people of Darfur. I appreciate your taking the time to share your views with me.

Since early 2003 a conflict between the Sudan government and rebel forces in the impoverished Darfur region of western Sudan has resulted in attacks by Sudanese Government ground and air forces against innocent civilians and undefended villages in the region. United Nations officials have indicated that the humanitarian situation in the Darfur region is extremely urgent, particularly in light of restrictions by the Government of Sudan on the delivery of humanitarian assistance for the people of the region. Nearly 3,000,000 people affected by the conflict in the Darfur region have remained beyond the reach of aid agencies trying to provide essential humanitarian assistance. United Nations aid agencies estimate that they have been able to reach only 15 percent of people in need and that more than 700,000 people have been internally displaced in the past year.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has introduced H.Con.Res. 403 to condemn Sudan for its attacks on innocent civilians in the Darfur region and demand their cessation. The resolution also urges the president to direct the U.S. representative to the United Nations to seek an official investigation into whether Sudan has committed crimes against humanity in Darfur.

You will be pleased to know I joined the entire Connecticut delegation in voting for H.Con.Res. 403, which passed the House of Representatives on May 17 [2004].