Just a quick one. Found Micah Albert’s photographs on BBC today and had a quick look. Great shots of East Africa, mainly Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania. Really beautiful. Would be so nice to get back one day soon. Enjoy the “singles” selection is great – even though not entirely from East Africa. http://www.micahalbert.com
There is a lot of talk in the Europe and even some here DownUnder about the issues of global warming right now. Then there is Iraq and the never-ending bloodshed and debate. And of course these and many other issues are really important and need to be addressed, but I am just wondering what will actually happen to Sudan. It seems to be slipping off politicians screens again a bit. Somehow it feels, like the west choses not to get involved too much, because there is soo much to be lost. 1) if you go in there with military power – suddenly you might find yourself regarded as an invading armee. 2) if you go against the government to much, religious islamic tension is getting higher and some wild “freedom fighters” might join forces to attack the constant enemy. 3) you are really risking soldiers or peacekeepers lifes if 1 & 2 come to pass. … “Sudan has rejected a UN force on the grounds that it would be like an invasion. It also warned that Darfur could become a new battlefield for jihadists, as Osama bin Laden had stated that any UN intervention should be resisted.” Thats why we don’t see any military pressure on Khartum (except words) Now I am not a big fan of war anyway, so I think that’s not too too bad really. Sure we have the attempts of 7000 AU forces to “keep the peace” but that is more of a symbolic move than anything. They are clearly strechted with the task. UN troops aren’t not good either, they are ineffective and don’t mostly have any mandate (like the AU) but to watch and so are quite useless, as we saw in Burundi. … “Their mandate is to protect civilians in immediate danger where possible. In practice there have only been a few occasions where the AU has proactively gone out to defend civilians in threat of attack.”
Then there is political pressure which could be used, but a government who doesn’t really care, who has enough ties to other government in the region and Asia to back them up and keep finances flowing, is hard to pressure. And of course there is the Oil as a great income generator with rising demands. There are certain UN Council states who could inforce the sanctions imposed by the UN against Sudan, but unfortunately more interest in oil export and weapon import – so nothing is happening.
I can not believe this. After all these years they finally make John Garang Vice President – just to get rid of him? Just like that? After not even one month in office? Don’t make me believe this is an accident. Who would believe that anyways? I can not believe it. So when will the bloodthirsty attacks start again? Were 32 year of war not enough? How many more innocent people have to die? Are 2.5 million not enough? Is 50% of the Oil not enough? Peace? Unity? Process? All Lies? A truly sad day for peace in Sudan.