Welcome to the Thursday February 28, 2013 issue of this Peace&Justice action email
This issue provides a single brief focus – the disheartening tenth anniversary of the Darfur crisis. It had to wait until today for the related actions on Darfur. Due to this tight timing the issue of Mental Health will become the focus of next month’s edition.
TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF DARFUR CRISIS
The start of the Darfur crisis is usually either associated with February 26 when rebel forces made their first public appearance, in an attack on a Golu garrison. or it is anchored to April 25, when the rebels achieved a victory never seen before, even during the unrelated 20year plus 20 year North-South war – they overran the El Fasher airport, destroying several aircraft and capturing the Air Force commander. The latter event is what caused Sudan’s President Bashir to unleash the Janjaweed in combination with government ground and air forces. That said, the build-up to this eruption was years and even decades of neglect and also targeted campaigns against the people of Darfur.
Darfur has been the longitudinal study of this newsletter for several years, although at the time it was an utterly disheartening thought that the crisis not only would last this long, but would remain in such an unresolved state. All of my Darfuri contacts that I have recently talked to, remain quite pessimistic about Darfur’s near-term future. Readers who have been following this newsletter will know that while Darfur has slipped off the news radar screen, that within Darfur things have changed in many ways but almost none for the better. Bombing and attacks have continued; at least two million people remain displaced in camps of which many are getting restricted aid in attempts to force them back home where often homes no longer exist or are occupied by foreigners sympathetic to the government. And much more: see Darfur Current Status (UntilAll).
Today, February 28, 2013, was the start of a push to reignite diplomatic efforts on Darfur which also means on Sudan as a whole. The U.S., U.K and Australia have called for renewed focus and action (see: Letter to Foreign Secretaries). The demands are nothing new, but as with most human dynamics it is a question of timing. While at the moment I can’t see much that may play a positive role, who can say what might come? Thus consider taking the following actions.
Petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
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UWAA: This endeavour is being placed under the overall rubric of “Until Well-being is Achieved for All.”