The chairman of the African Union is saying that outside troops will not be needed for the Darfur peacekeeping force in Sudan because African governments have committed enough troops.
The comments from AU chairman Alpha Oumar Konare appeared to contradict statements made by the U.S. envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios, that the government in Khartoum would have to accept non-African troops in the beefed up force because the continent does not have enough trained soldiers to fully staff the peacekeeping contingent.
A little off topic for this Sunday but I’d like to note the death of Mahad Ahmed Elmi a journalist for McClatchy and Ali Iman Sharmarke – HornAfrik’s co-founder.
Mahad had become a friend. He’d call at least once a week with a cheery “How are you, brother?” — despite whatever tales of madness and bloodletting he had on that particular day from Mogadishu, his hometown, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
In the past 24 hours we’ve been reminded just how dangerous and senseless a place Mogadishu can be. Mahad, a father of two, was gunned down in daylight and in cold blood on the streets of his city, nine days before his wedding day, in front of the radio station where he worked to tell the stories of people suffering in the crossfire of the war.