Stop bombing Darfur, AU tells Sudan

The 53-member African Union has called on the Sudanese government to halt deadly bombing raids in the western region of Darfur.

    UN has called Darfur world's worst humanitarian catastrophe

    African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Alpha Omar Konare told reporters on Thursday, "We have called for a halt to the bombings... We received promises today from Khartoum."

     

    Sudan is also agreeable to the AU's deployment of an armed force to protect the pan-African body's ceasefire observers in Darfur, where 15 months of conflict have

    spawned what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe.

     

    Hopes

      

    Konare, speaking at the close of the annual AU summit in Addis Ababa, said he hoped this force would be sent by the end of July.

     

    The AU aims to deploy 300 armed troops. Asked when the force would arrive in Darfur, Konare said, "I hope before the end of the month because time is running out."

      

    About 25 AU observers are on the ground in Darfur.

      

    At least 10,000 people have been killed in Darfur, mostly by a feared militia allied to Khartoum. Another 1.2 million have been displaced, with more than 100,000 of them seeking refuge across the border in Chad.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.