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Stop the Fighting in Sudan

Lauren Landis, Senior Representative for Sudan, Office of Sudan Programs Group
Washington, DC
October 15, 2007


AMIS personnel carry the coffin of a peacekeeper during a funeral ceremony in Sudan. [AP photo]

Lauren Landis is the Sr. Representative, Sudan, Sudan Programs Group. Lauren's previous post: En Route to Darfur

I returned from Darfur last week where I went to look at the progress U.S. contractors are making on the camps that will house U.N. peacekeepers when they arrive in Sudan. I spent much of my time around El Fasher in camps including Zam Zam and UmKadada. El Fasher is the capital of North Darfur.

From what I saw, there’s a lot that’s been done: Crews are working around the clock in three shifts to install the big white tents and containers where the UN troops will live and work. They’ve built mess halls, septic tanks, perimeter walls and vehicle repair shops. It’s quite a sight to see these camps literally sprouting up in the dry dusty red clay of Darfur.

But around the time of my visit, there were some ominous developments in Darfur: Ten AU peacekeepers were killed outside the town of Haskanita, and there was fighting between the rebels and the Government of Sudan troops and their allies. The attacks and the escalation of violence drove home the point that UN peacekeepers must be sent to Darfur as quickly as possible. We need to get more troops on the ground to bring some security to the region. The people of Darfur are frightened; the humanitarian workers are frightened and some of them are leaving.

The UN-sponsored peace talks are scheduled to begin in Libya on October 27. But in the meantime, we must all insist that the Government of Sudan, the rebels and everyone else involved in Sudan stop fighting.

Comments

Socorro in the Philippines writes:

There is no prize for war, fighting have resulting to suffering of the masses, the United Nation and all nations should make an effort to unite each other to promote peace and prosperity, all chemical, arms and distructive weapons must be stopped and ban all the supplies of all armaments wihout these it will lessen the casualties of war.

Posted on Mon Nov 05, 2007

Ronnie in North Carolina writes:

These ongoing crimes against humanity and obvious genocidal actvities has been ignored by the civilized world for too long.The so called "Government of Sudan" is not concerned about these atrocities,because it is not willing to cooperate with any outsiders.The rebels are nomadic in nature controlled by propaganda.They don't know the true reason why their fighting and killing each other.

How do you "stop the fighting"?I quote from an author unknown:..."behind every argument is someone else's stupidity"...

Posted on Mon Oct 22, 2007

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I believe until the UN/AU has recon, air cover and the capacity to taking an offensive posture in denying the combatants the means to do harm, then they will be subject to attack at will by those opposed to peace.

NATO perhaps could provide, but herin lies a chance for China and Russia to work alongside NATO, the US and the UN as a social experiment to see for ourselves if we can work together as a family of nations to save a nation from total ruin, and from those who've layed it to waste.

Posted on Sat Oct 20, 2007

IamGadfly in America writes:

Of course the fighting hasn't stopped, and the UN/AU hybrid mission is still months away... if it ever makes it there. As a party to the Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and a state which has formally recognized Darfur as genocide, it is our legal (and obviously moral) duty to do something more concrete sooner.

Posted on Thu Oct 18, 2007


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