Darfur province, a reported 450,000 people
have been killed in the past four years and two million are now homeless
refugees. Last week, saying that "the brutal treatment of innocent civilians in Darfur
is unacceptable," President Bush announced a package of sanctions against the Sudanese
government, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Then he pulled back--at the request of the
new Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, who asked for more time
for diplomacy. Meantime, Darfur's humanitarian crisis continues. The US has used the term "genocide,"
but others contend that ignores the root causes of a conflict that goes beyond
ethnicity and culture. Are more
peacekeepers needed? Is there any real
peace to keep? What does climate change
have to do with it?
Larry Rossin, Senior International Coordinator, Save Darfur Coalition
Evelyn Leopold, Contributor, Huffington Post
Stephen W. Smith, former Africa Editor, Le Monde
Leonard Vincent, Africa Desk Officer, Reporters Without Borders