Monday, February 23, 2009

The moral courage of the Darfuris

Nicholas D. Kristof presents the story of Suad Ahmed, a refugee from Darfur now living in Eastern Chad. Suad saved her little sister, Halima, from a Janjaweed attack only to lose track of her later when Halima left to rescue their parents. Kristof tells her story and about the continuing slaughter in Dafur while the international community is preoccupied elsewhere in his Sunday column in the New York Times.

He writes:
The slaughter in Darfur has continued for six years largely because world leaders have been complacent and preoccupied. In the coming weeks, the International Criminal Court is expected to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, for orchestrating the killings — and that will give the world a new opportunity to end the slaughter.

But to seize that opportunity, world leaders will have to summon some of the same moral courage that Darfuris show all the time.

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