Hope For Darfur
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.
The AFRican Blogger
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