KHARTOUM, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday affirmed importance of cooperation with the Sudanese government to find lasting solutions to the conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in the country, namely in Darfur, eastern Sudan and southern Sudan.
The UN’s probably right. Too bad the Sudanese government couldn’t care less about refugees.
The White House is pushing back against a profile in the Washington Post of the Obama Administration’s Special Envoy for Sudan, Air Force Major General Scott Gration
Why would that be?
The story states that Gration wants the US to normalize relations with the Sudan, “the only country in the world led by a president indicted for war crimes,” a reference to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
“We would not take a step like that absent significant changes in conditions on the ground,” says a senior administration official.
No kidding. Did you hear that the violence in Darfur is going down but in south Sudan it’s going up? I imagine the mainstream media would rather tell you about Roman Polanski.
Good to see that some are aware of what’s happening in the Sudan, and are getting a message out.
Isaac Leju-Loding was 18 when he emigrated from Kajo Keji, in southern Sudan, to Florida in 1989.
It was hot in Florida. It was too much like home, he said. The snow he saw on television fascinated him, so he eventually moved to Pittsburgh to experience winter.
Now president of the Sudanese Community in Pittsburgh, Leju-Loding works to fight the violence occurring in his home country. There, his people protest the destabilization and genocide that’s occuring — for religious and economic reasons — in southern Sudan and Darfur.
He and about 100 others — including members from Pitt’s chapter of Students Taking Action Now: Darfur — held a “Solemn Walk” Downtown yesterday to rally international attention to the genocide in Darfur. It was part of their preparation for the G-20 Summit, which will be held in Pittsburgh Sept. 24-25.