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20 Jun 2011 description

When Sudan becomes two countries on July 9, 2011, the two new states will face multiple urgent crises. Provocative military action by the Government of Sudan, especially the invasion of Abyei, has aggravated tensions and threatens a new international conflict between North and South Sudan. In the North, Darfur’s conflict has deepened during the past year and violence has broken out in South Kordofan. Northern-stoked militia violence threatens the stability of the South and is exacerbated by abusive and indiscriminate southern responses.

04 May 2011 description

To United Nations Security Council Members:

Dear Ambassador,

Yesterday, state elections began in the critical Sudanese border state of Southern Kordofan, the final elections to be conducted under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Free, fair and peaceful elections and close attention to post-election processes will be essential for stability both in Southern Kordofan and across Sudan.

31 Mar 2009 description

New York, NY; March 31, 2009 - Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), said it was evident in her meeting yesterday with President Barack Obama and the administration's new special envoy to Sudan, General J. Scott Gration, that the administration understands the need to ensure the reinstatement of international aid groups into Darfur.

13 Mar 2009 description

March 13, 2009; New York, NY- Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), has issued a statement today calling on the international community to actively push for the re-instatement of international aid organizations into Darfur so workers can continue providing critical services to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons throughout Darfur and Chad.

"The already fragile humanitarian situation in Darfur is bound to deteriorate quickly.

11 Mar 2009 description

Groups: Sudan's decision to restrict flow of aid represents possible prelude to humanitarian catastrophe of highest magnitude

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Save Darfur Coalition today called on President Obama to press the Sudanese government to immediately reinstate the licenses of 13 international humanitarian groups expelled from Darfur last week.

22 Sep 2008 description

China's Supply of 90% of Sudans's Small Amrs Highlighted as China Assumes Presidency of UN Security Council Oct 1

September 22, 2008; New York, NY - Almost 300 U.S. rabbis representing thousands of congregants sent a letter today calling on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to press all countries to voluntarily suspend arms sales to Sudan. The letter also urged the U.S. to use its seat on the United Nations Security Council to introduce a resolution to expand the current U.N. arms embargo on Sudan this October when China assumes the Council's presidency October 1.

11 Dec 2007 description

Defending Democracy Burma's Struggle for Human Rights, Freedom and Justice

"Peace and stability have been restored in Myanmar, and life has returned to normal all over the country." Thus spoke the UN envoy to Burma, Kyaw Tint Swe, to the United Nations Security Council on November 13. Unfortunately, Swe's comments do not reflect the reality of the situation on the ground in Burma, where AJWS is working closely with those fighting for democracy and human rights.

In August and September of 2007, mass demonstrations swept across Burma.

24 Aug 2007 description



A delegation of US advocates participated in a mission to eastern Chad to launch a global advocacy campaign to address the Darfur crisis, and to interview refugees from Sudan and internally displaced Chadians. The group also surveyed conditions in the camps - at the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Bahai, the Djabal refugee camp in Goz Beida, and the Gouroukoum camp for internally displaced Chadians in Goz Beida.

20 Aug 2007 description

Speaking from a press teleconference in Kigali, Rwanda on August 15, AJWS President Ruth Messinger implored activists to continue the fight for Darfur. "We've made a mockery of the idea of 'never again,' living through Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, South Sudan and now Darfur.

06 Jul 2006 description

NEW YORK, July 6, 2006 - Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, is visiting South Sudan and northern Uganda. In neglected and war-stricken areas, Messinger is bearing witness to the lives of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the ongoing struggle for human rights in the region. Messinger's trip is focusing on community-based civil society projects and the continuing work of AJWS in conflict and post-conflict zones of Africa.

19 Jun 2006 description

Despite recent political developments, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur is steadily worsening. At this critical juncture, it is more important than ever that aid organizations maintain their essential presence in the region. AJWS is constantly developing and updating strategies with our partners in the region to ensure that our funding reaches those most in need.

05 Apr 2006 description

Now the priest of Midian [Yitro] had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock; but shepherds came and drove them off. Moses rose to their defense...

23 May 2005 description

NEW YORK, May 23, 2005 - It was one year ago that American Jewish World Service (AJWS) launched a Sudan humanitarian aid and advocacy campaign within the Jewish community and spearheaded the interfaith Save Darfur Coalition. Since that time there has been a grassroots swelling of activity in synagogues, college campuses, and communities across America.

11 Mar 2005 description

(New York, NY...March 11, 2005) On Friday, March 4, 2005, Jerry Lewis, the chair of the Appropriations Committee in the United States House of Representatives, announced that he had eliminated $150 million in emergency humanitarian aid for Darfur from President Bush's request for supplemental appropriations in 2005.

14 Sep 2004 description


18 Aug 2004 description

(New York, NY...August 18, 2004)- Since April, American Jewish World Service has been mobilizing the Jewish community to respond to the massive humanitarian and human rights crisis in Darfur, Sudan, where government-backed militias known as Janjaweed are engaging in campaigns to wipe out and displace communities of African tribal farmers.

11 Jun 2004 description

In northwestern Sudan, a government-backed militia known as Janjaweed is engaging in campaigns to displace and wipe out communities of African tribal farmers.

10 Jun 2004 description

New York, NY...June 10, 2004 - As early as March, humanitarian organizations were issuing warnings of ethnic cleansing and declaring that the world's greatest humanitarian crisis today is in Darfur, Sudan.

22 Apr 2004 description

New York, NY, April 22, 2004 - American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a non-sectarian international development and relief organization, is collecting funds to support humanitarian relief efforts for people facing brutal violence, displacement, severe food shortages and racial killings in Darfur, Sudan.