Mon 4 Sep, 2006 08:49 pm
There are plenty of topics on Darfur (and Sudan and Chad), but it just dawned on that they are in the wrong forum (Travel & Culture: Africa).
One might think the crisis couldn't get worse, but worse it has gotten. And has done since the so-called ceasefire treaty was signed by a paltry few rebel leaders and the shameful government.
The African Union (AU) has been trying to mediate, aid refuges and help make peace for a year or more with little success. There are very few UA troops and very little funding. The UN passed a resolution recently to put UN peace keepers on the ground, but Sudan rejected the offer. Now, Sudan wants the AU out.
A great and current article can be found here:
Past threads on a2k can be found here:
on sudan - http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57162
on the AU - http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57949
Well, then. If anyone does happen by to check things out they can find ore info at Darfur info
It's nice and noble that you are concerned about such things, littlek, but words are meaningless.
We have to journey to these countries and help in person. Our contributions, through charities, are sucked up be evil people and tucked into their coffers.
I am traveling to Burkina Faso, vicariously, through my niece, and I have given her a generous supply of money to generate change, as she sees fit, in the best way possible to effect change and help these downtrodden people.
Burkina faso is a long way from Sudan, but she is good to be going no matter. I had a friend in college who went there with the Peace Corps.
I'm glad you stopped by, Gus.
I keep hoping that if I post about it, I might get someone else interested or I might lure someone more knowledgable than I to our a2k to speak about it. I feel hopelessness when I think of Darfur. And frustration. How could I or you or your niece go there now when peace-keepers and humanitarians are being expelled? Of course, people rarely come to my darfur threads anyway. Maybe you're right. Why bother? So sad.
Believe me, littlek, my brother and his wife are not real thrilled with my niece going to Burkina Faso. She is planning on being there for three years and this is, of all the African countries, the most impoverished.
Add to that, and this may seem a bit shallow and perhaps insignificant, but my niece is startlingly beautiful and I worry about the natives molesting her.
is she with the Peace Corps?
Nope, just going on a whim.
That is a bit disturbing! I'd say if she was with the peace corps, she'd be in good hands......
Now you understand the worry.
Has she any travelling companions? HOw old is she?
She is nineteen and traveling alone.
Great. Now I am worried about her too.
Don't. I will do the worrying. If anything comes to pass I will let you know.
Until then.... think of flowers and seashells.
Ok. I think about those things anyway.
JURIST legal news archive
on Darfur and the Darfur conflict. Offers:
--- current news articles
--- websites (governmental, news, advocacy, reference)
--- documents (links to full-text legal and government documents)
And at Scientific American, they report that the tally of dead Sudanese is waaaaay lower than it should be.
Early surveys by the World Health Organization (WHO) found a two-month death rate of 10,000 a month, and later estimates simply extended the death toll based on that rate, up to 180,000 after 18 months. SciAm
on the subject of Sudan, I find it interesting that the Muslim people who burned embassies because of the Muhammad cartoons are silent when thousands of Muslims in Darfur are being butchered by the Janjaweed.