Here on UN Dispatch we have been following the saga of the missing helicopters for UNAMID, the AU/UN Peacekeeping mission in Darfur. So far, for want of 24 helicopters, the mission has not been able to project the kind of force and agility needed to make the operation a success. The lack of helicopters–a critical component of any peacekeeping mission in a place as vast as Darfur– serves as a reminder that member states’ rhetoric about the urgency of the situation in Darfur stands in stark contrast to the actions they are willing to take to help solve the crisis.
Thankfully, Senators Biden and Lugar have co-sponsored a Senate resolution to urge their own government–and governments around the world–to support the deployment of helicopters to Darfur. Here’s how you can take action to support the Biden-Lugar resolution.