Friday, July 2, 2004
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Sudan plays hide-and-seek with the UN
Sudarsan Raghavan reports for Knight-Ridder on the visit to Sudan by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to get a grip on the humanitarian disaster there. Things did not go smoothly:
posted by Dan on 07.02.04 at 11:10 AM
Dan: Here is a personal account of these events by Marcus Prior, aid worker for the World Food Programme.
July 1-12:35 - Arrive in Meshtel camp. I was here a week ago and there were at least 3,000 people, living in some of the worst conditions I have ever seen. UN officials visited last night and those people were still in Meshtel. Now, with the Secretary General looking on, there is nobody. Every last one of them has been moved. Overnight. Apparently to a nearby camp that is already overcrowded.
This is exactly the kind of "story" the 50-odd journalists travelling with the delegation were hoping for.posted by: Brennan Stout on 07.02.04 at 11:10 AM [permalink]
Well, at least we get to see Kofi swing into action. I have no fear that an advisory investigatory committee will be convened as soon as it is convenient for the ministers to meet and properly begin the process of deciding on possible membership, to be completed when the Security Counsil can decide on apropriate directives and guidelines based on the analysis and reccommendations of the Sub-Advisory Commision on Quasi-Human Rights (SACQHR, currently chaired by Rwanda), who should have there semi-annual report available at any time. Of course all that will have to wait until the 'season' is over in the French Mediterranean, but that goes without saying. Ultimately, I would look for immediate action within the next 12-16 months, or at least immediate further discourse. Happilly, at the current rate of genocide the issue will likely have cleared itself up by then, in which case an after action report can be expect within the decade and we can get down to figuring out how this was all America's fault.posted by: Mark Buehner on 07.02.04 at 11:10 AM [permalink]
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