While the crisis in Darfur simmers, the larger problem of Sudan's survival as a state is becoming increasingly urgent. Old tensions between the Arabs of the Nile River valley, who have held power for a century, and marginalized groups on the country's periphery are turning into a national crisis. Engagement with Khartoum may be the only way to avert another civil war in Sudan, and even that may not be enough.
Listen to Gloria E. White-Hammond, cofounder of My Sister's Keeper and copastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, discuss the role that faith-based organizations are playing in Africa, with a focus on their efforts in Darfur, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series.
Roberta Cohen of the Brookings Institution says the United Nations needs to do some “hard bargaining” with the Sudanese government to facilitate the rapid deployment of the UN/AU peacekeeping force for Darfur.
This article tells the story of farmers and herders in Niger who are working together to stop the advance of the Sahara Desert, avoiding conflicts such as the case in Darfur where competition for resources has reached deadly level.
Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary-general for UN peacekeeping operations, says the joint United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur is an “unprecedented” operation and the full force will not be deployed until 2008.
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