The extraordinary thing for me is not that Darfur has dropped off the world’s radar, but that it was ever on the world’s radar at all. It’s a conflict with few geo-political implications, happening in a faraway land and with fewer casualties than other African conflicts.
That it registered at all was down to a unique coalition of advocacy groups. They did a remarkable job of achieving their aims – a UN peacekeeping force (or at least a sort of hybrid thing) and ICC war crimes charges for Omar al-Bashir.
Yet it didn’t end the conflict, which has become just another forgotten war in Africa.
I discussed the issue last night on the World Service last night with Akshaya Kumar of the Enough Project. So has the world given up on Darfur?