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In Washington, D.C., lawmakers have been working to pass legislation that would provide protection for the people of Darfur and help the aid workers who are running understaffed refugee camps.

Senator Obama urges all Americans to send a letter to their congressman, senator or even the President of the United States and ask lawmakers to vote for the Darfur bill. This legislation would help strengthen the African Union peacekeeping force, transition peacekeeping responsibilities to a stronger U.N. force and increase aid levels.

"There are a lot of problems in the world, and we can't solve all of them," Senator Obama says. "But we do, all of us, have an obligation when there's a genocide taking place ... Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the United States or other places need to, as an international community, make sure that we're providing them with some protection."

"Try to put yourself in the people of Darfur's shoes," he says. "Beneath the surface, we all have the same hopes and dreams and fears. The human story is universal. Those families we saw in Darfur love their children in the same way. They just don't have the same tools to care for them in the ways that we hopefully care for our children."
FROM: Barack Obama on the Tough Questions
Published on October 18, 2006


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