Mr. Speaker, on the eve of the Global Day for Darfur, we all need to be aware of the conflict raging in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The region is in the throes of a conflict pitting the Sudanese government against militia groups. But it is civilians whose basic rights have been violated who are suffering the most. Already, more than 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced, forced out of their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
Three and a half million Darfuris still depend on international aid to survive. The UN has described the situation in Darfur as the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world today".
The attacks on Darfur must stop immediately so that aid missions can resume and the suffering can finally end.