Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Haiku 032509

in the shade
a stubborn bank of ice
doting father


Recently, we read the following:

Associated Press: "UN says 1 million in Sudan won't get food aid from May"

“More than one million people in Darfur will not get their food rations starting in May if Sudan and the United Nations can't fill gaps left by the expulsion of more than a dozen foreign aid groups, a joint U.N.-Sudanese assessment team said Tuesday….

"Sudan expelled 13 foreign aid organizations and closed three local ones this month after the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the western region of Darfur. Sudan's government refuses to have any dealings with the court and has accused the aid groups of collaborating with its case. The groups deny it, and they warn of a humanitarian crisis in Darfur without their presence….”


And we thought:

…. President al-Bashir expelled the foreign aid groups for allegedly reporting on the atrocities he’s perpetrated against the people of Darfur. Such a convenient excuse! Most of the world, in fact, know that Al-Bashir stubbornly wants the people of Darfur dead or gone -- one way or another. And now, he will have someone else to blame....

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