Monday, September 11, 2006

A lethal vacuum: AU peacekeepers leave Darfur

From today's NY Times:

“What happened in Rwanda, it will happen here,” said Sheik Abdullah Muhammad Ali, who fled here from a nearby village seeking the safety that he hoped the presence of about 200 African Union peacekeepers would bring. But the Sudanese government has asked the African Union to quit Darfur rather than hand over its mission to the United Nations. “If these soldiers leave,” Sheik Ali said, “we will all be slaughtered.”

An IDP settlement called 'Rwanda', after the AU Rwandan contingent who've now departed, leaving a potentially lethal protection vacuum.

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