Darfur and Chad implored the delegation to send international peacekeepers.
The UN assessment team visited Chad and observed, firsthand, the effects of the spillover of violence. With regular attacks from Sudanese Janjaweed and rebel groups, up to 50,000 Chadians have now left their homes and are living next to Darfurians in refugee camps. The ethnic nature of the violence is also bleeding into Chad. The Janjaweed have begun recruiting Arab Chadians to join in their attacks. Chadian President Idriss Deby continues to accuse Sudan of inciting and funding this violence.
The UN delegation is seeking a resolution to the Darfur conflict that will address violence in Darfur and Chad.
The BBC reports this week that refugees still feel that there is not enough security in Darfur for them to return home. A Sudanese Red Crescent clinic — one of only two serving more than 40,000 refugees — will likely be forced to close in the coming weeks due to lack of international aid.
In a positive development, the African Union established a commission to monitor the cease-fire that was agreed to as part of the May 5 peace deal. Yet CBS reports how the AU continues to be outnumbered and outgunned. CBS reporter Lara Logan also wrote an in-depth account of her trip through Darfur.
Amnesty International reported that China has been exporting military equipment that is being used to commit atrocities in highly volatile conflict regions including Darfur.
The satellite channel LinkTV will air "Crisis and Hope in Africa" next week. The program will include a special preview of the Darfur Diaries feature film as well as a panel conversation from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum with author Samantha Power and others.
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