The need to interfere in Sudan’s Darfur Regionhttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20051130/ESUDAN30/TPComment/EditorialsAfrican Union: The Situation in Darfur [pdf]http://www.africa-union.org/DARFUR/homedar.htmGreater Darfur Crisis [pdf]http://www.unsudanig.org/emergencies/darfur/index.htmDarfur Drawn: The Conflict in Darfur Through Children’s Eyeshttp://hrw.org/photos/2005/darfur/drawings/The ethnic conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region has continued without letting up for the past three years, and so far, over 180,000 people have been killed and 2 million additional people have been displaced by the violence. The situation is rather complex, but at its essence the fighting began in 2003 when a number of African tribes in the region launched an extended conflict against the Arab-dominated government. This week, a new round of talks began between Sudanese government officials and rebels from the area. The talks are being mediated by the African Union, which is an umbrella organization started in 2002 to act as an indigenous network of African nations that would assist other nations in a number of different capacities, including the provisioning of peacekeeping forces when necessary. While the talks are concerned primarily with ending the violence in the region quickly, they are also designed to address the long-term question of how the residents of Darfur will be able to effectively interact with the central government based in Khartoum. All of this is additionally complicated by the contention by some that the central government has deployed a number of Arab tribal groups known as ‘janjaweed’ to murder civilians and to stir up a general climate of fear and uncertainty among the residents of Darfur. The first link offered here will take visitors to a compelling news story from Rob Crilly, writing in USA Today, which discusses the difficulties encountered by African Union soldiers as they attempt to patrol the Darfur region. The second link leads to a strongly worded editorial on the importance of effective and immediate intervention in Darfur from the editorial staff of the Globe and Mail. The third link will take users to the African Union’s page of material related to the ongoing conflict in Darfur. The fourth link will take visitors to a site set up by the United Nations that discusses the broader issues surrounding this ongoing conflict, along with providing a number of reports and materials on policy initiatives. The fifth link leads to a rather moving (and distressing) site, which offers drawings by children who are caught in the violence throughout Darfur.


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