Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sudan: The Passion of the Present

Sudan: The Passion of the Present: "From today's edition (thanks to the Save Darfur 'Latest News' section)...

Ending genocide requires more than slow-motion intervention. The United States and the United Nations must act much more aggressively and quickly to protect civilians trying to escape violence in Sudan's Darfur region.

The U.S. government has labeled the violence in Darfur, which began in 2003, as genocide. That's appropriate: The militias that have been trying to erase the population there are backed by the government in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Sudan's president, Omar el-Bashir, responds to such charges with a 'Me? No, never.' But then government helicopters buzz overhead to strafe villages and camps for the displaced, who number 2.5 million.

Estimates of those who have died from violence or illness in refugee camps in Sudan and neighboring Chad range from 100,000 to 400,000."

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