Sunday, March 01, 2009


After Barack Obama was elected president in November, the Darfur refugees here were so thrilled that they erupted in spontaneous dancing and singing.

Soon afterward, the refugees renamed the School No. 1 in this dusty camp the Obama School. It’s a pathetic building of mud bricks with a tin roof, and the windows are holes in the walls, but it’s caulked with hope that President Obama may help end the long slaughter and instability in Sudan.

Soon we’ll see whether those hopes are justified. Next Wednesday, the International Criminal Court is expected to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, for crimes against humanity in Darfur.

That would be historic — the first time the court has called for the arrest of a sitting head of state. It would be the clearest assertion that in the 21st century, mass murder is no longer a ruler’s prerogative. Read more >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Anonymous said...

Obama will not change anything because he, like others could not say no to Israel. stop talking about darfurian citizin like that thay are more prave than you fightings from hotels..

Laura said...

Hey! Interesting story about the Obama school in Chad--thanks for posting the link! If you want to learn more about these issues, check out the Darfur Radio Project ( Our newest show has a piece about life in refugee camps in Chad and IDP camps in Sudan. And if you want to hear more about the upcoming ICC decision, check out our piece on what the warrant might mean for Sudan.