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February 20, 2006
Blogging Africa

Sudan - Darfur

First, Gary Farber is cranky because the world o'blog isn't paying attention to the genocide in Darfur. For the record, I think I've probably mentioned the story about 50 times, but let me add my voice to his.

Please care.

Joey Cheek cares. He's donating his entire $25,000 "Olympic gold medal bonus."

Even Even George Bush seems to be caring these days.

(Although, there are other schools of thought.)

On the continuing misery in Darfur

The Holocaust. Rwanda. The Armenian genocide. These words evoke thoughts of ineffable death and suffering. After these tragedies, the world vowed "never again." Genocide is a problem of the past, right? But what about Darfur? Do you even know where it is?

There's no quick or easy fix for this one.

Sudan Opposes U.N. Troops in Darfur

Sudan's vice president told a visiting U.S. delegation that the country opposed a proposal to deploy international peacekeepers to Darfur, but was committed to negotiations to end tensions in the region, state media reported Monday.

Sudan president says no extradition of Darfur war crimes suspects

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] has again said that his country refuses to extradite [JURIST report] any Sudanese citizens for prosecution by the International Criminal Court [official website]. In remarks made during this weekend's celebration of the golden jubilee of the Sudanese Judiciary, al-Bashir said that only Sudan had jurisdiction over war crimes suspects in cases stemming from the Darfur [JURIST news archive] conflict. A year ago, Sudan's vice president made a similar refusal [JURIST report] to turn over genocide suspects to foreign courts, and al-Bashir said Saturday that he is confident that Sudan has the judicial machinery to properly try and allow for the defense of accused war criminals.
6.7 Million People in Sudan Need Food Aid Despite Good Harvest

- Neediest Found in Darfur, Southern Sudan And Marginal Areas in Central And Eastern Parts of the Country

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that while Sudan was likely to reap a reasonably good harvest in 2005-2006, almost seven million people would still require food aid over the coming year.

Most of the needy have either been forced to flee their homes by fighting or are in the process of returning home following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Moreover, vulnerable households will for the most part be unable to benefit from the harvest due to the currently prevailing high cereal prices.

Americans should act to prevent genocide

If you absolutely can't bring yourself to care about Darfur, there are plenty of other problems that need some attention.

Nigeria

Niger Delta Militants Kidnap 9 Oil Workers

Barely 10 hours after helicopter gunship of the Nigeria Air Force launched the second in the series of planned raids on oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta at the Ijaw community of Okerenkoko, Ijaw militants in retaliation yesterday hit four oil industry facilities in the area and in the process kidnapped nine expatriates.

Nigerian Kidnap Drama Hits World Oil Markets

THE hostage drama in Nigeria, which saw nine foreign oil workers kidnapped on Friday and a Shell oil platform set alight, could have severe repercussions not only for SA's inflation outlook, but for oil prices globally if it is not resolved soon, analysts said yesterday.

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil exporter and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' fourth-largest producer, has been rocked by unrest in its oil industry, with open rebellion against the government by Nigerian militants.

Oil Jumps in New York After Nigerian Rebel Attacks Cut Output

Crude oil rose the most in a month in New York after rebel attacks in Nigeria cut output from Africa's largest producer by about 20 percent.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc stopped pumping 455,000 barrels a day in Nigeria after militants set fire to an export terminal and kidnapped nine foreign oil workers three days ago. The rebels assaulted a pipeline yesterday. Nigeria pumps about 2.8 percent of the world's oil. Also, talks in Moscow to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear research ended without agreement yesterday.

Western Sahara

Tens of Thousands of Refugees Homeless After Rains Wipe Out Shelters

Aid agencies are rushing to help some 60,000 Western Sahara refugees after freak rains late last week wiped out houses and schools and damaged hospitals in camps in eastern Algeria.

Because the rains - reportedly the worst seen in the area since 1994 - came on the heels of the UN World Food Programme's February distribution, refugees have lost an entire month's food supply, a WFP official told IRIN on Wednesday.

Somalia

Hundreds of Thousands Affected By Water Shortages - Oxfam

Hundreds of thousands of people in drought-hit areas of Somalia are facing dehydration, with some having to drink their own urine as chronic water shortages persist, aid agency Oxfam International said on Thursday.

Fifteen Killed as Militias Clash in Mogadishu

At least 15 people have been killed and hundreds of families displaced in fighting that started on Saturday between rival militias in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Please care.

Posted by AnneZook at 06:48 PM


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