Friday, May 05, 2006

A Good Darfur Synopsis.

(Reuters) - "After three deadlines for a deal passed, the biggest of three Darfur rebel factions and the Sudanese government signed a peace agreement on Friday but two other rebel factions rejected the deal, casting doubt on whether it would be workable.
Here are some key facts on the Darfur crisis:

* Rebels in the vast region the size of France took up arms against the government in February 2003 saying the Sudanese government in Khartoum discriminated against mostly non-Arabs in Darfur.

* More than 2 million civilians, mostly subsistence farmers, have fled their homes to camps in Darfur and across the border into Chad to escape the fighting and raids by government-backed militias. The United States has called the violence genocide. The Sudanese government admits to arming some militias to quell the rebellion but denies links to Janjaweed militias accused of rape, murder and looting.

* The U.N. has estimated at least 180,000 people have died....... "

Did anyone see E.R. last night? The episode took place in Darfur.

Thank you for sharing about this, Sweetpea.

Speaking of more serious subjects, did you ever figure out what you wanted to post about marriage and your reflections on it?
Also, Bush has pledged food aid to Darfur...
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