Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Political storm threatens Darfur

The Darfur region seems destined to descend back into horror. Unfortunately it has been given short shrift by the US and the UN is going to be stretched thin by the Lebanon deployment and there is reason to wonder if they will summon the political will to intervene effectively in Darfur, now that the Sudanese government is throwing out the African Union peacekeepers.
The [Sudanese] government says it is sending its own 10,000-strong force to Darfur to "consolidate the security situation". Part of the Sudanese force that arrived in the region last week is reported by [African Union] officials to have launched bombing raids and other attacks on rebel-held villages in Darfur. Government troops have also driven rebels out of the town of Um Sidir, near the capital of North Darfur state.

Last week the UN's humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, warned of "a man-made catastrophe of an unprecedented scale" in Darfur unless the UN security council intervened. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still reliant on foreign aid, which could dry up if violence increases. "Insecurity is at its highest level since 2004, access at its lowest levels since that date and we may well be on the brink of a return to all-out war," he said. |Guardian|

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