March 7, 2005


UN envoy hails progress in Sudan on relief front: Political crisis needs urgent attention (Lebanon Daily Star, March 07, 2005)

The humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of west Sudan is being contained but the international community has failed to take action on the political front to end the violence, the UN's relief coordinator said Sunday.

"I now have a very strong sense that the international community has succeeded on some fronts and is failing on others," the UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, Jan Egeland, told AFP from Darfur.

On the penultimate day of a five-day tour of Sudan, he praised the estimated 9,000 aid workers operating in strife-torn Darfur in countering what the United Nations described last year as the world's worst ongoing humanitarian crisis.

"In the Kalma camp, which was once a symbol of the suffering, starvation and death in Darfur, there are now lower levels of malnutrition and higher levels of education than in the general population before the war," Egeland said.

We've made heroic progress in the Sudan --stopping genocide for one of the first times ever -- but there's more to be done.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2005 1:40 PM

So, we didn't *stop* an instance of genocide when we shut down the nazi final solution? Or is the jury still out until the islamofascist killing of Jews in the mideast comes to an end?

Posted by: M. Murcek at March 7, 2005 2:31 PM


No, we didn't. There were already 7 million dead and it was incidental to our actions. No one cares about anything in Darfur except the genocide.

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 7:50 PM

I don't think we can count genocide in Darfur as 'stopped' until there are several thousand dead janjaweed (or whatever they are called now). Plus some dead politicians in Khartoum.

If the killing has dropped from thousands per month down to scores, is it still genocide? Everyone at the UN (esp. France and China) and in Europe will say no. We should say yes and forge ahead accordingly. John Bolton certainly will.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 7, 2005 10:50 PM