Hope For DarfurBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Hope For Darfur
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Wed, Aug 01 2007 by Iquo Essien

Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to send 26,000 peacekeeping troops to Darfur -- the first joint peacekeeping mission by the African Union and the UN. The troops will replace the 7,000-strong AU force on the ground no later than December 31.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it a "historic and unprecedented resolution" that will send "a clear and powerful signal" of the UN's commitment to helping the people of Darfur. The AU-UN force will be the largest peacekeeping force in the world.

Some may remember that the UN authorized a peacekeeping mission to Darfur last August, though, a year later, stalled by Sudanese objections, that force remains undeployed.

I am hoping that this latest resolution represents a sea change in the international community's commitment to promoting and upholding peace. I have hope for Darfur. I have hope for humanity if the UN is able to follow through on its promise.

As terrible as the genocide has been, it never ceases to amaze me how a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. As slow as our leaders have been to respond, Darfur has benefited from a large-scale, cross-sector social marketing campaign to end the bloodshed, spearheaded by the Save Darfur Coalition.

I hope that my future children and their children's children will not live in a world that turns a blind eye to violence, death, and destruction -- as in Rwanda. As far as this resolution is concerned, God must really be listening.


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