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In the context of deteriorating humanitarian and medical conditions,
as well as lack of funds for basic programmes in Darfur, the President of
Republic of Slovenia dr. Janez Drnovšek has decided to appeal to
international community to help and donate for Darfur. I enclose his
latest appeal with famous world personalities who co-signed this appeal
and strongly stand by the President with his action.
Humanitarian conditions in Darfur are deteriorating dramatically.
There are reportedly more than three and a half million refugees and
internally displaced people and refugees who urgently need help in and
around Darfur. Among them there are half a million children under the age
of five who are fighting for their lives on a daily basis.
Slovene citizens have organised their share of humanitarian aid. Part
of this aid has already been transferred to organisations working under
difficult conditions in the field. Slovene humanitarian organisations -
Caritas, Red Cross, UNICEF and Foundation »Together« - are set to supply
more than 5,000 families in the Hamidia IDP camp in West Darfur. They need
water, medicine, medical staff, educational facilities and help for the
We must send a wake-up call to all of humanity, to awaken their
conscience. Let us only remember how that conscience responded a year ago
as we watched the tsunami disaster unfold. The extent of the catastrophe
in Darfur could be even greater.
It is time to act. The international community must no longer stand
by in speechless apathy as children and innocent people die, when all they
want is to live in peace in this world, just as we do.
Please join us in our humanitarian action “World for Darfur”. Help
people in Darfur today! Donate to the international organisations
providing humanitarian aid in Darfur – Caritas, International Red Cross,
UNICEF and others.
Now is the time. Tomorrow will be too late. We believe we can save
thousands, perhaps millions of people.
Together we will make it happen.
President of the Republic of Slovenia
Signatories to "World for Darfur"
Prince of Monaco
actress, Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO
Valèry Giscard D'Estaing,
former President of the French Republic
former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany
scientist and anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace
human rights campaigner, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador
Uffe Ellemann Jensen,
former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
former Prime Minister of France
former Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations – head
of the UN mission in Kosovo, founder of the international organisation
"Doctors without Borders«
President of the Finnish Parliament
Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Iceland
former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister
former Managing Director of Renault
former Minister of Defence of Spain
For further information please contact:
Kristina Plavšak Krajnc, Office of the President of the Republic of
Phone: +386 1 478 1334, Mobile: +386 51 691 718, E-mail: kristina.plavsak-
Competing interests: No competing interests