Tuesday, June 15, 2004

World Attention Focusing on Sudan/Darfur? 

The Christian Science Monitor has a good update on the increased pressure being brought to bear on Khartoum to end the conflict in Darfur, and the likelihood that current efforts will succeed:
After more than a year of virtually ignoring the biggest humanitarian crisis on the planet, the world's most powerful nations are suddenly paying attention to the conflict in western Sudan.
The central question now is: Will their statements and threats be enough to prevent more ethnic killings and help more than 1 million displaced people avoid illness and starvation in refugee camps during the oncoming rainy season? Already, these countries have upped the ante.


It all represents a sea change in how the world views Darfur, says John Prendergast of the International Crisis Group in Washington. "It's a whole lot more than we had two weeks ago," he adds. And it stems from many things, including increased media coverage and President Bush directing his staff to work on the issue. Yet despite the attention, Mr. Prendergast says, "It's not even close to being enough to deal with this crisis."
I'm glad to see that US and EU leaders are coming together on this, and I hope they will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Sudan's government.

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