From Care2Action this email:
Breaking news: three international aid workers were kidnapped just yesterday in the Darfur region of Sudan. The ransom situation comes less than two weeks after the Government of Sudan ordered the closure of humanitarian aid programs in Darfur, North and East Sudan.
The United Nations Secretary must immediately urge the Government of Sudan to reconsider their heartless decision – before even more people are hurt! >>
This decision puts at risk the lives of millions of Sudanese who rely on humanitarian aid for survival. The 13 agencies that have just been expelled were responsible for providing the aid that keeps half of Darfur’s 2.7 million refugees alive!
The situation is dire. The international community has a responsibility to do everything in its power to ensure the delivery of lifesaving aid to vulnerable men, women and children in war-torn Sudan.
When I worked for UNICEF a full decade ago, the same idiocy was going on and the same ineffective responses were being made. You see, we have no national interest in whether millions are killed. This is window dressing if we actually do what is necessary. We will not win anything. I am being beyond cynical here. I am telling the truth. The truth can be expressed in a single sentence.
Sudan will not do the right thing unless forced to do so.
We have never, ever been willing to force Sudan to do anything. So we are left with the problem of how to live in a world where genocide exists because nations let it exist and sit on their hands.
Maybe we need a competition, Russia, China, us. For the nation with the nerve to kick butt in Sudan. I am tired of the humanitarian mantra because the whole thing about having to be there to keep 2,7 million alive covers over a situation which enables humanitarian aid to exist.
The winner of the competition will need to eliminate the need for humanitarianism. And the need for individuals to tremble out there in the desolation as more enemies swoop down to wreak their carnage.
The only reason I bother to write is that this issue relates to the Obama era which is when the world is supposed to move an inch toward being genuinely responsible. If that is so we have a serious problem when we contemplate the criminal nation of Sudan.