Sunday, October 15, 2006

Darfur refugees plea for more protection from the international community

KASSAB, Sudan Refugees in the camps scattered across Darfur live in fear, saying the African Union peacekeeping mission does little to protect them even as rising violence is driving away crucial humanitarian aid.

"You have been here for three years now, and what have you done for us?" a tribal leader bitterly asked a delegation of AU soldiers and police that came to the Kassab refugee camp last week.

As they often have to do, the peacekeepers patiently explained to camp delegates that they'd come to Darfur only to monitor the violence and have no mandate to fight it.

"You are witnessing what happens, but you aren't helping," retorted Attaieb Adem, a leader of the 25,000 refugees in Kassab. Read more >>>

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