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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMERICANS RETURN WITH URGENT APPEAL FROM THE SUDANESE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ASSOCIATION
Feb. 28 (EIRNS)--From February 18 to February 25, the Schiller Institute sponsored a fact-finding mission to the African nation of Sudan, composed of a high-ranking American elected officials and constituent leaders.
The delegation included Harold James, a member of Pennsylvania's state legislature, and the Chairman of its Legislative Black Caucus; Theo W. Mitchell, a former member of South Carolina's state senate, and a former Democrat nominee for Governor, he was the first African American to seek statewide office in South Carolina since Reconstruction; James Barnett, the Alabama head of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and a longtime civil rights activist; and Maria Elena Milton, an Arizona Democrat who gained national recognition during her recent campaign for congress, in which she challenged GO-PAC head and Gingrich frontman John Shadegg. Also on the delegation were Lawrence Freeman and Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, both Africa experts, from the Schiller Institute.
The delegation will soon issue a complete report of their findings. However, since there are strong indications that the United Nations will soon renew an effort to impose sanctios on the nation of Sudan, the delegation decided to act immediately to release a message to the American people that was made available to them by the SUDANESE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ASSOCIATION. The text of that message is printed below.
``The United Nations' Security Council is about to impose an air embargo on the Sudanese national carrier, Sudan Airways, and on all Sudanese-based registered airliners at large. As Sudan Airways is the only carrier of infants' dietary formulas, and vital drugs, vaccines, and medical supplies for the entire Sudanese population, such an embargo would create an unnecessary and immediate human disaster on the eve of the 21st century.
``In our part of the world, natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and epidemics, along with civil wars, cause the death of millions of innocent children, women, and elderly people. We appeal to the good people of all nations to realize that wrong resolutions, hidden agendas, miscalculated measures, and mischief born of bias and unfair labeling of a people can easily do the same thing.
``If an air embargo is imposed, the immediate results will follow:
- We will have no access to refrigerated vaccines and medicines for more than eight million Sudanese children which can only be transported by air.
- We will experience a cessation of infant dietary and milk imports necessary to nourish our children.
- We will suffer an immediate shortage of critical drugs and medical supplies for all hospitals and dispensaries across our nation.
- We will be unable to maintain facilities and equipment for our handicapped children.
- We will have no access to the drugs and equipment to maintain our renal dialysis centres.
- Sudanese people suffering from severe cases of coronary disease, cancer, kidney failure, and other endemic diseases will be denied the option of seeking treatment abroad. Currently, such patients are required to pay only 50% of their ticket fares, accepted in local currency. This privilege is only available through Sdan Airways.
``Should this embargo come into force, millions of innocent Sudanese children will face brutal deaths. Many will contract, and be defenseless in the face of, fatal diseases like polio, tuberculosis, measles, cholera, and malaria.
``What on earth could justify such manslaughter?
``Will such killing serve any purpose; or justify any end?
``We appeal to all decent human beings, irrespective of color, sex, faith, creed, or national origin to take action now to stop this impending catastrophe. Please, write, cable, fax or phone your own elected representatives, your President, the United Nations Secretary General, and, in an act of human conscience, say:
``WE DEMAND THAT YOU SAY NO TO THE KILLING OF MILLIONS OF INNOCENT CHILDREN, WOMEN, SICK, AND ELDERLY. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE AN ACT OF GENOCIDE AGAINST THE INNOCENT PEOPLE OF SUDAN!!!''
(end of the message of appeal. signed SUDANESE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ASSOC.)