Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Darfur, how can we sit and watch this happen?

A new wave of murder, rape, and displacement is ravaging Darfur. The Sudanese government's brutal ethnic militia -- the Janjaweed -- are once again burning schools and villages in a campaign that has left 300,000 dead and 2.5 million homeless. Not only has the international community failed to intervene effectively, but it has consistently cut deals with Sudan's genocidal government that have sold out Darfur's victims and produced one failed peace agreement after another. The Darfurian people are often excluded from any say in what are literally life and death decisions for them. They have been brutalized by their own government, isolated from peace talks and lack the resources to engage in advocacy on their own behalf. Any fair and lasting resolution to the crisis in Darfur must reflect the priorities of these Darfurian civilians.

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