Members of STAND – a student anti-genocide coalition – collect signatures on East Cooper Lawn on Tuesday morning for a petition that calls for an end to the genocide in Darfur.
The event took place during the Global Days for Darfur, a worldwide event aimed at bringing public and governmental attention to the conflict in Sudan. About 10 students wearing red T-shirts – symbolizing the blood spilled in Darfur – staged a “die-in” by lying on the grass and holding handmade posters. “The petition is to put pressure on the U.S. government to put pressure on the U.N. to send out peacekeeping troops to the area of conflict,” STAND Vice President Shivani Murthy said. Even though the massacre has been taking place since 2003, the United States didn’t label the conflict as genocide until July 2004. The exact number of lives lost in the genocide is unknown, but estimates range up to 400,000 deaths, with more than 100 people dying every day and 2.5 million people displaced.