Wednesday, August 09, 2006


The situation in Lebanon has taken attention away from the humanitarian disaster in Darfur, which may no longer be on the front pages but still is desperately in need of help.
Darfur is fast slipping towards anarchy with fresh fighting displacing tens of thousands of people and violent attacks on relief workers forcing aid agencies to consider pulling out.

Clashes involving government forces, allied militia and rebel fighters, and dissident guerrilla groups have forced more than 50,000 people from their homes since a peace deal was signed three months ago. Most have ended up in overcrowded refugee camps, which are becoming increasingly difficult for aid agencies to reach.

Eight Sudanese humanitarian workers were killed last month, more than in the entire previous two years. The situation is so acute that at least one prominent agency has flown in a special trauma team to counsel staff.

The rest of the article is here. A list of resources on Darfur and Sudan is here.