Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) traveled to Sudan and other countries in Africa two weeks ago with other members of Congress.
The main purpose of the trip was to evaluate the situation in Darfur, Sudan to learn more about what can be done to stop the genocide.
Today, Schakowsky and other House Democrats were at the United Nations in New York.
this dispatch from Schakowsky's office
Today, Representative Schakowsky traveled to UN Headquarters in New York
with Leader Pelosi, and Representatives Donald Payne, Mel Watt, Barbara Lee,
and George Miller. At the UN, they were joined by Ambassador John Bolton.
The delegation reported the findings of their trip in a meeting with
Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
According to Representative Schakowsky, "We communicated a sense of urgency
for the UN to do whatever it needs to do to get UN troops on the ground to
provide security." The delegation also called attention to the immediate
need for the UN to support the African Union troops in the region.
UNSG Annan stressed the importance of getting support from the African
countries for UN action. The delegation responded to Annan by emphasizing
the importance of his leadership in reaching that goal.
Representative Schakowsky, who represents Illinois' 9th District and is a
member of the House Sudan Caucus, outlined other steps the U.S. and the
international community must take to stop the crisis in Sudan in an op-ed in