Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Darfur Crisis Worsening!

The crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan is set to worsen, warn African and human rights groups. The world worked quickly to stop the crisis in Lebanon, but during the time that about 1,000 Lebanese were killed, another 10,000 were killed in Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of Darfur’s people have been killed or displaced since that crisis began, with much less global outcry? Is the difference racial? Do we care less because the Darfur Sudanese are black whereas the Lebanese are lighter-skinned?

If U.N. Sec.-Gen. Kofi-Annan succeeds in getting Sudan’s govt. to allow a UN peacekeeping force in the area, will it be as difficult to get nations to supply troops as it has been for southern Lebanon?

What actions can church groups be taking independent of government types? Is the Sudanese crisis on the moral radar of your church?


August 29, 2006 - Posted by | Africa, human rights., just peacemaking


  1. I don’t think this is a race thing — I think it is a political thing. Most countries don’t fear African nations spilling over and causing stife in the rest of the world. And oh yeah, they don’t have oil. The U.S. isn’t the only oil-drunk country and I think this becomes plain when something like this occurs. I think you could make a case though that if America had not gone to war in Iraq or had already pulled out, then they would have more time and resources to address Darfur. But then again, the U.S. gives more aid to Africa than any other country on the planet — much more aid in fact. I think it is time for the U.N. to start doing it’s job and working to use that UNICEF money to do what it was collected for.

    Comment by D.R. | August 30, 2006

  2. Actually, in terms of % of gross domestic production, the U.S. is one of the lowest aid givers on the planet, D.R., especially if we cancel out military aid.
    Norway and the Netherlands are the highest.

    I do think you are right about the oil and that the resources we could have used for this and MUCH ELSE we squandered on creating the quagmire that is Iraq.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 30, 2006

  3. Those countries also have the highest taxes on the planet (thus more resources per capita – and little need for military or security spending) and both are beginning to have some serious religious liberty issues which often comes with big government.

    But, again, you can’t excuse the United Nations and especially Kofi Annon for not emphasizing Darfur more. Not since his son’s troubles have I seen him on the news more than with the situation in Lebanon and Israel.

    Comment by D.R. | August 31, 2006

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