meanwhile in Darfur / WAPO all day

20 Nov

So How Come We Haven’t Stopped It?
WAPO /By John Prendergast
Sunday, November 19, 2006; Page B01

The deepening intelligence-sharing relationship between Washington and Khartoum blunted any U.S. response to the state-sponsored violence that exploded in Darfur in 2003 and 2004. U.S. officials have told my colleague Colin Thomas-Jensen and me that access to Gosh’s information would be jeopardized if the Bush administration confronted Khartoum on Darfur. And since 2001, the administration had been pursuing a peace deal between southern Sudanese rebels and the regime in Khartoum — a deal aimed at placating U.S. Christian groups that had long demanded action on behalf of Christian minorities in southern Sudan. The administration didn’t want to undermine that process by hammering Khartoum over Darfur.

the link carries the rest.
The Arabs Are Victims, Too
By Julie Flint
Sunday, November 19, 2006; Page B01

In the fourth year of the war in Sudan’s Darfur region, tens of thousands of Arab nomads are barely clinging to life in the ravaged valley that extends north from the central Jebel Marra massif. Their settlements have been destroyed and their herds targeted. Their traditional migration routes have been cut. The villages, markets and clinics on which they depended lie abandoned and in ruins.

Their children have one of the highest mortality rates in Darfur. Measles, whooping cough, hepatitis E, jaundice and the most virulent form of meningitis, W135 — rural Darfur has them all. There are small, everyday tragedies, too, repeated in almost every community: In one impoverished nomad settlement, nine young people died in collapsing hand-dug wells over the course of only three weeks. Their deaths, like those of all other nomad children in this war, went unremarked.

And more from the booming capital of Sudan
A Boomtown Ignores Reek of War


If you’re sipping a cappuccino at a coffeehouse in the glistening new Afra Mall here in Sudan’s bustling capital, the helicopter gunships and Janjaweed attacks and sprawling, squalid camps for Darfur’s millions of displaced people seem much farther than a two-hour airplane flight away. Late-model Toyotas and Hyundais buzz outside on the (mostly) paved streets. The construction business is so blazingly hot that shops are moving into the first floors of buildings as work continues on the as-yet-unbuilt upper stories.

The Afra Mall features a bowling alley, a movie theater, a gym, jewelry stores and a boutique specializing in Italian shirts. You can buy Ping-Pong paddles, MP3 players and an electric shaver that oozes skin lotion. Khartoum feels on the move — not exactly how one would imagine the home of a government embarked on a bombing campaign against civilians unlucky enough to live in a neglected, restive region.

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