Sunday, September 09, 2007

Things get yet harder in Sudan.

My Blogger friend Peter over at Worldman reports things have taken a turn for the worse in Darfur, Sudan.

Whether you call it a 'haboob', a hurricane, or just a very bad storm (150k winds!), it certainly wreaked havoc on the temporary warehouses they had the food aid the local people rely on stored within.

As if they didn't already have enough problems. Read about the conflict that was a continuance in a line of catastrophes in that region here.
'The Darfur conflict is a complex crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan. One side of the armed conflict is composed mainly of the Sudanese military and the Janjaweed, a militia group recruited mostly from the Arab Baggara tribes of the northern Rizeigat, camel-herding nomads. The other side comprises a variety of rebel groups, notably the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement, recruited primarily from the land-tilling Fur, Zaghawa, and Massaleit ethnic groups...."
"...The United Nations (UN) estimates that the conflict has left as many as 450,000 dead from violence and disease..., ...As many as 2.5 million are thought to have been displaced ...".
(From Wikipedia - 'Darfur conflict' entry).

Our thoughts are with you Peter.

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Blogger Worldman said...

Hello Phil. Thanks for your support. From our "side", things are back to normal and as you read, the food is properly stored again. Ban-Ki Moon was here for a few days and now it seems that a bit of optimism is coming up. Everybody is committed for the peacekeeping force to be succesful. We will see.

Monday, September 10, 2007 1:31:00 pm  

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