Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Sudanese army denies camp access 

As we here in America turn our focus to the polls today, it's important to remember that we aren't the center of the universe, and that less fortunate people around the world are dealing with much more critical problems than an election. In Darfur, for example, the Sudanese army has surrounded refugee camps and excluded aid workers from them, denying the long-suffering refugees critical food and medical aid.

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The Sudanese army and police have surrounded several refugee camps in the war-torn region of Darfur and denied access to humanitarian groups, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"It started at 3 a.m. without any warning," said Christiane Berthiaume, spokeswoman for the World Food Program. "Agencies have been denied access to these camps since this morning." ...

WFP is concerned that government forces may start relocating people in the camps back to their villages, where there is less protection from government-backed militias known as Janjaweed, she said.
At what point will the world decide enough is enough, and send a robust peacekeeping force into Darfur? The African Union contingent, eventually to number 3,000 troops, is a good start, but I fear that much more will be needed to stop this human tragedy.

Real action on the part of U.S. elected officials would go a long way. So would the unlikely development of a spine in the Security Council. I'm not really counting on either, unfortunaely.
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