Has the world given up on Darfur?

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?


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