Thursday, April 14, 2005
Darfur, one of the Forgotten Crises
April 9, 2005- BBC News
The UN and African Union have condemned with "disbelief" a village rampage by militiamen in
's Sudan Darfurregion. They said 350 militiamen torched all but two buildings in Khor Abeche, 75km (47 miles) from Nyala on Thursday. The BBC's Jonah Fisher in says reports speak of 17 people killed in the raid by militiamen riding horses and camels. Khartoum
April 9, 2005- Aljazeera
The World Food Program (WFP) issued a stark warning Friday, saying that food rations will be cut for more than one million Darfurians who have fled the fighting in
's western regions to makeshift camps because of a drastic shortage of funds. According to the WFP, it has only received 41 percent of the required funds for the emergency program in 2005 and that the food shortage would worsen in July and August when the rainy season would increase the number of people needing food aid from 2.3 million to 2.8 million. Sudan
April 12, 2005- New York Times
Donors promised at least $2.6 billion Tuesday to help southern Sudan recover after Africa's longest civil war but Washington told Khartoum to end atrocities in Darfur or risk a slide ``back into the depths.'' U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said
aimed to give $1-$2 billion but that the aid hinged on Washington bolstering the January North-South peace deal and on work to end the separate conflict in Sudan Darfurin the west.
April 6, 2005- Arab News
The author of this editorial writes, ?International sentiment is wholly on the side of the people of
Darfur. It is time that faced up to that fact and made moves to settle the problem before Khartoum Darfurexplodes into a full-scale secessionism.?
April 11, 2005- All AfricaNews
has accused Chad of providing backing for a 3,000-strong rebel force operating on the border between the two countries, and in retaliation is suspending its mediation in the Sudan Darfurconflict.
April 9, 2005- PolitInfo
A United Nations human rights expert is calling on the international community to step up its pressure on the Sudanese government to stop, what he calls, the systematic rape of women and other abuses against civilian victims of the war in
Darfur. The expert has submitted his report to the UN Human Rights Commission which is holding its annual session in . Geneva
April 12, 2005- Reuters
Women and girls who have fled ethnic cleansing in Darfur are being raped and subjected to sexual violence around the camps where they have sought refuge, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. The briefing paper documents how the Sudanese security forces, including police deployed to protect displaced persons, and allied Janjaweed militias continue to commit rape and sexual violence on daily basis. Even as refugees in Chad, women and girls fleeing the violence in Darfur continued to face the risk of rape and assault by civilians or militia members when collecting water, fuel or animal fodder near the border.
April 11, 2005 - Independent Online (
) South Africa
A five-nation African summit in
on the conflict in the Egypt Darfurregion of has been postponed because some leaders could not attend it, an Egyptian official said on Monday. Sudan had planned to host the meeting in the Egypt Red Searesort of Sharm el-Sheikh on April 20 and had invited the leaders of , Chad , Libya and Nigeria . Sudan
April 11, 2005- Christian Today
In light of the continuing necessity for international intervention in
, the United Religions Initiative Global Council have voted to endorse the Darfur Unity Statement, according to a URI press release. The Darfur Unity Statement, which was drafted by the Save Darfur Coalition, seeks "a massive worldwide humanitarian response and call to end the violence and investigate crimes against humanity." URI is joining that call by becoming the latest organization to sign its name along with over 100 other faith-based and human rights groups. Darfur, Sudan
April 11, 2005- Post Washington
The editor writes, "If the
does not lead on United States Darfur, nobody else is going to. Leadership means getting a much larger peacekeeping force into Darfur, so that attacks on civilians cease and humanitarian workers can reach all parts of the territory. To achieve that objective, Mr. Zoellick needs to break the collective paralysis by changing the way the Chinese, Russians, Europeans and Africans think; his most important mission is not this week's visit to but future trips to Khartoum , Beijing and so on." Moscow
April 8, 2005- Daily Wildcat Arizona
A group of concerned
students is speaking out about the ongoing genocide to state and national representatives. Known as the Concerned Students to Save Darfur, the non-partisan group sold green bracelets on the UA Mall yesterday and will again today to raise funds for the Universityof Arizona Darfurregion and to educate students about the cause, said David Manthei, a member of the group.
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