Activist discusses what has to happen in Darfur

03/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
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the United Nations emergency aid coordinator said today that the international effort to aid civilians displaced by fighting in Sudan's Darfur region is being threatened by violence and low morale among relief workers.

John Holmes said that continued violence against villagers and aid workers themselves as well as delays in Sudanese government approval of visas, work permits and access to civilians displaced by the fighting are undermining relief efforts,

Fighting between government forces and rebels and hijackings of vehicles have forced hundreds of aid workers to evacuate outlying areas and work from Khartoum or cities in Darfur such as El Fasher. About 13,000 aid workers are in Darfur to help care for 2 million internally displaced people, and another 2 million who also need food aid.

More than 200,000 people have died through violence and illness since the conflict erupted almost four years ago. The war in Darfur started when rebels demanding greater economic and political power began attacking the government.

Although activists in the U.S. say President Bush should lead the way in intervening in Darfur, there are other activists who say China is the country that should be targeted.

China buys oil from Sudan.  And with the Chinese Government hosting the Summer Olympics next , activists are trying to have China pressure Sudan into admitting U.N. Peacekeepers.

Charles Brown is the President and CEO of Citizens for Global Solutions, an advocacy group based in Washington.  WMNF asked him about the campaign against China to try to end the killings in Darfur (roll tape#1 o.q.”the U.S. isn’t doing that”)

That’s Charles Brown, with Citizens for Global Solutions, discussing that can be done to to stop the rampant suffering amongst the people of Darfur.  We’ll hear more from him tomorrow night on the Evening News.

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