March 23, 2005

NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET:

Darfur Shooting May Speed U.N. Action: A U.S. aid worker is wounded when her convoy is attacked in the western Sudan region. (Maggie Farley and Sonni Efron, March 23, 2005, LA Times)

A 26-year-old U.S. aid official was shot in the face in Sudan's Darfur region Tuesday when her convoy was ambushed, an incident likely to lend more urgency to a U.S. push to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the African nation. [...]

The shooting came as U.S. officials were promoting a new strategy to break a U.N. Security Council stalemate on a resolution for Sudan.

The U.S. has separated its resolution on Darfur, in Sudan's west, into three parts — peacekeeping, sanctions and accountability — because disagreement over how to punish suspected Sudanese war criminals was delaying the deployment of peacekeepers and observers.

"We have literally run out of time on Sudan, and we felt we had to move ahead," acting U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said.

The U.S. has asked for a vote Thursday on a resolution authorizing 10,000 peacekeepers for the central African nation.


Stopping the genocide was all well and good, but folks on the ground say they badly need the 10,000 peacekeepers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2005 6:14 AM
Comments

75 or 100,000 dead Sudanese, and Kofi Annan doesn't want to call it a "genocide" 'cause he'd have to do something about it. One UN staffer--a member of the "cool kids"--gets wounded, and suddenly it's front burner time.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 23, 2005 9:38 AM

The genocide isn't over.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 23, 2005 10:35 AM
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