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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Darfur Free For All

From the Chicago Tribune

"The conflict in Darfur has spread to two neighboring countries and is now in a "free fall" with 6 million people facing the prospect of going without food or protection, the departing UN humanitarian chief said Tuesday."

"[Jan]Egeland [departing UN Humanitarian Chief] blamed the Sudanese government, parts of the rebel movement, ethnic leaders in Darfur and the government of Chad for fueling the war, which began in 2003 when rebels from ethnic African tribes rose up against the Arab-led central government. The government in Khartoum, Sudan, is accused of retaliating by unleashing the janjaweed militias of Arab nomads, who are accused of the worst atrocities."

" "At the moment I think it's more than sad to see that grown men with jackets and ties like me sit and quarrel [over] what is a `hybrid force' ... while women and children are dying," Egeland said.

"I'm happy to note that in nine months we might have this force, but what about the next nine days where it could collapse completely?""

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