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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tradegy in Darfur wrote,"No more relief
One lesson learned through bitter experience in the Darfur-Chad-CAR conflict is never to assume that things have hit bottom. And if the Norwegian Refugee Council's pullout from the region proves to be a bellwether for other relief agencies, the humanitarian situation may be about to get worse in a major way:

he international humanitarian organisation Norwegian Refugee Council has closed down its relief operations in Darfur, western Sudanese, a move it said will affect 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the troubled region.
"We have been suspended by the government for the last two months for no clear reason," Astrid Sehl, NRC media and communications officer said on Friday. "We have tried to get into dialogue with the authorities to discuss whether we can come back, but they do not seem interested."

The IDPs who have been receiving protection and humanitarian aid from the NRC include some 93,000 in Kalma, of whom 19,000 are children enrolled in an education programme and 128,000 in Gereida. Both camps are in South Darfur State. Others are 10,000 in Otash and 52,000 who have been receiving food aid in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State. Otash camp has recently seen the arrival of more IDPs as a result of continuing violence.

The NRC said working conditions in Darfur had become impossible. "The frequent disruption of our humanitarian work, such as suspension for a sum total of 210 days, is forcing us to take this very difficult decision," Tomas C. Archer, the Secretary-General, who recently met authorities in South Darfur and Khartoum, said in a statement.

One can always hope for the best, but I very much doubt that the NRC will be the last organization to quit Darfur. In the past few months, many other relief agencies have cut back their operations in the area due to the deteriorating security situation, and the danger is only increasing as the fighting heats up. If enough agencies pull out, then hundreds of thousands of IDPs will have to choose between a long, uncertain desert journey to more "stable" regions such as Niger or Cameroon, and the even more uncertain prospect of remaining in a war-torn region without food or security. The United Nations isn't even close to prepared for a refugee flow of this size, and the potential humanitarian catastrophe could exceed what has gone before. This is not a drill, and there's very little time left to wait on Khartoum to permit a stabilizing presence."
The blog at Head Heeb is a very good source for information on various conflicts around the world.


Blogger hermajestythequeen said...

I believe the canadians had a great idea concerning charitable donations. A group got together to persuade various charities to share offices and other services - and to encourage contributions to a charity of one name (although the funds were distrubuted betweeb each of the participating charities). This method saves both time and expense and importantly is greater than the individual charities efforts working alone. The exchange of ideas, problems and solutions are from a greater mind source and because the charities share offices - communication is more rapid. Values Added - is this a name that you have come across?

I feel that if charities, armies, support groups, religious groups, medical help aand so forth could come together and speak/act with a single voice about the problems and solutions concerning Dafur - there might be a chance. The force of what is right and good must influence and strengthen our combined will to fight what is evil. We seem to agree what is evil in most circumstances - why therefore is there no real combined effort to overpower evil? In Iraq - The USA and British were left to their own devices to try and overcome what was becoming a great evil (the blame for which should have been debated at another time). Where were the most acute brains in the world when it came to a rational solution to the problems in Iraq? Draw analogies with what is happening in the rest of the world.

Maybe a first step would be to share an office and one slogan and draw on some of the thoughts that Values Added have released.

Not a complete solution I know but it is a complex and difficult situation we have found ourselves in. Could we all put aside a months salary to help set-up such a group to clarify what should be done for the greater good? I think we would if there was some indication that a collective group would have substantial support from all countries. I hope this is not too confusing as there must be some better way of coordinating all our good intentions and wishes - than the present systems in place. Ken would know what to do.

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