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Light in an Extremely Dark Tunnel

By Theo O’Brien

Amid The chaos of the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan, victims of the fighting are receiving hope from the most unlikely of places…their own government. The Sudanese government has announced plans to begin a cease-fire in Darfur during its peace negotiations this week. U.N. ambassador to Sudan announced:

“‘On that day … we will declare a cease-fire so that we can give the negotiators a chance to get out with an agreement on cessation of hostilities and cease-fire in the first round of the talks,’ he told The Associated Press in an interview.” (1)

Although it is a tad belated—estimates suggest over 200,000 people have died as a result of the fighting and 2.5 million are now refugees—and an important rebel leader has promised to continue fighting despite the cease-fire, the Sudanese government’s willingness to enter peace talks suggests a possible paradigm shift on their part. This news–along with the UN/AU Hybrid peacekeeping force in the region– provides a stronger source of optimism than those effected have seen since the conflict’s beginning in 2003.


October 26, 2007 - Posted by | Darfur, Theo O'Brien | , , ,

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