Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Chad: Conflict spills over from Darfur

For the first time, heavy fighting between Sudanese rebel groups and the government of Sudan has spilled across the border from the embattled Darfur region into eastern Chad, IRIN new service reported yesterday. Previously, such clashes had involved the Chadian army in pursuit of rebels seeking to oust Chadian President Idriss Deby.

"Fighting spread into Chad after wounded fighters started scattering, according to reports. 80 of them have congregated at a refugee camp in Oure Cassoni, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

A dozen refugee camps in eastern Chad host about 250,000 Sudanese who have fled looting, raping and killing in the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan. At least 200,000 people have been killed in the violence in Sudan and more than 2.5 million have been displaced.

The camp at Oure Cassoni is less than 20 km from the Chad-Sudan border and 400 km northeast of the aid hub Abeche."



Vigilante said...

Gérard Prunier believes Darfur will choose its own destiny without the intervention of indecisive outsiders:

" . . .None of this will be easy or peaceful. . . . .Darfur will remain a particular case. Its citizens will have to choose whether they accept their common regional bonds or whether they prefer to follow the beat of a distant drummer on the banks of the Nile. Their future, their lives - or possibly their deaths - will depend not on short-term technical fixes but on themselves: on the choices they make and on the means put at their disposal to achieve them."

Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide

edward b rackley said...

prunier is a smart man, but such a comment is a non-sequitur. if you mean it optimistically, i think you will be disappointed. it will continue to spiral downwards while indecisive outsiders sit on their hands. the darfuri themselves have nothing to decide, they are under the boot of outsiders, in this case the govt and their proxies. darfuris, sadly, have no decision to make, they are powerless against so strong an enemy.