The people of Côte d’Ivoire need your help
Congressman Howard L. Berman
Congressman John Boehner
Senator John F. Kerry
Senator Richard G. Lugar
Senator Harry Reid
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
I am writing to urge you to take action in
Since the election results were announced, Gbagbo has refused to leave power. His supporters have been attacking neighborhoods in the capital and regions that are loyal to Alassane Ouattara, resulting in hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands displaced. The Associated Press is now reporting that Gbagbo’s forces have been using war-like weapons, including mortars and rocket-propelled grenades against innocent civilians.
It seems that the international community is content with condemning the violence without actually enforcing their speeches. While the international community continues to wait, Côte d’Ivoire is under curfew; Gbagbo’s army arrests, tortures, or simply shoots protestors (more than 300 people killed according to the UN), freedom of speech is banned, the economy is collapsing, and millions of children cannot attend school. Only this week, six women were shot dead and many others wounded by Gbagbo’s army for daring to protest. This bloodshed will only lead to more violence. We absolutely cannot continue to issue threats to Gbagbo without intervening to protect the civilian population.
I believe that the
Thank you for your help.
Link to UN petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/unactionforci/
Video from Abobo Massacre: (viewer discretion advised) http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Drs-BscTQ8hU
Ivorian newspaper Abidjan.net: http://abidjan.net/
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