An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 25, 2007


Filed under: UN, War — olbroad @ 10:54

Sudan holding up Darfur-bound food aid – UN

Sudanese authorities are holding up 100,000 tonnes of sorghum meant for Darfur, alleging that it is genetically modified, the United Nations food agency said on Wednesday.

The sorghum, which comes from the United States, is being held up at Port Sudan, a World Food Programme spokeswoman in Rome said, adding that laboratory tests had shown it was not genetically modified.

I’m guessing no amount of proof from any laboratory is going to convince the Sudanese government they should allow the food to get to those who need it. I’m also guessing that it really has nothing to do with whether or not this stuff is genetically altered.

“It’s a huge amount of food to be held up and our sub-offices in Darfur must be getting quite worried. We hope that we can find a solution quickly and have it released so it can reach the people who need it,” she said.

Sources in the aid community said Sudan was blocking the shipment because it wanted the WFP to buy local food products.

If there were enough local food products to feed the people, why are there so many starving?

The sources said Khartoum may be also using the food aid as a political weapon as international pressure intensifies on the government to stop the violence in Darfur.

A tool to stop the violence? I was under the impression they were the cause of the violence. Haven’t they repressed the people to the point of rebellion?

The United Nations estimates around 200,000 people have been killed in the vast western region and 2.5 million displaced since 2003, when rebel groups took up arms against the government, accusing it of neglect.

The Save Darfur website puts the number of people killed at 400,000, twice the number the U.N. gives.

Human rights groups say the Sudanese government armed Arab militias to help quell the rebellion. Khartoum denies the charge.

The United States, which has called the violence “genocide”, has accused the Sudanese government of a campaign of intimidation against aid workers in Darfur, and threatened Khartoum with sanctions and other punitive measures.

And for four years, the U.N. has stood by and done little, to nothing, to stop the slaughter of innocents.



  1. The situation in Darfur is horrendous. I find it fascinating, though, how the left is crying out for us to take care of the situation there, yet stopping the genocide being committed against the Iraqi people by Saddam was a bad move. Hmmmmm.

    Comment by Douglas V. Gibbs — April 25, 2007 @ 11:49

  2. The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

    Comment by olbroad — April 26, 2007 @ 9:32

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