Darfur Rally in DC by Mitch E. Perry

09/08/06

The head of the U.N. refugee agency said today that Sudan's conflict-ridden Darfur region faces a humanitarian "catastrophe" without rapid action to improve security and get aid to those in need.

The warning by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres followed a cry of alarm by the top U.N. humanitarian official Jan Egeland late last month.

Separately, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said reports by U.N. monitors confirmed the situation was worsening, with civilians exposed to indiscriminate attacks by the warring parties.

The Sudanese government rejects U.N. plans to deploy 20,000 troops and police to Darfur by year-end, likening it to a Western invasion that would attract jihadi militants and create an Iraq-like quagmire.

Tomorrow in Washington, there will be a march in Washington trying to bring further attention to the crises in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The rally is entitled, “Two Years Too Many: Break the Deadlock on Darfur�

Ann-Louise Colgan is with the group African Action..She agrees with theUN, that things are getting worse in Darfur (roll tape#1 o.q.� in Darfur, immediately�)

That’s Ann-Louise Colgan with the group Africa Action, sponsoring a major rally on the situation in Darfur that will take place in Washington tomorrow.

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