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Posted on Dec 19, 2010
AP / Abd Raouf

A soldier of the joint Sudanese-Chadian border patrol forces attends a meeting with Sudanese government officials near Seleah in West Darfur, Sudan, last month.

New fighting between the Sudanese army and Darfur rebels has erupted in the impoverished southern part of Sudan, displacing already-overcrowded refugee camps and leading to an exodus of about 12,000 people. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

As many as 12,000 people have fled following fresh fighting between army and Darfur rebels in Sudan, according to the United Nations.

Peacekeepers in the region said on Sunday that the displaced are heading towards already overcrowded camps and settlements in the war-torn region.

“The Mission has noticed that approximately 12,000 people fled the area and are moving towards the Shangil Tobaya and Zam Zam internally displaced persons camp, near El Fasher in North Darfur,” said Darfur’s UNAMID peacekeepers in a statement.

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By rico, suave, December 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment

Thank God Cheney is off the hook in Nigeria. Now can can get back to work in Sudan.

“Fffffuckin’ Chchchchcheney”!!!

Sorry. It’s the damn Tourettes again. Hope I didn’t spit all over your keyboard.

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By jane's painter, December 20, 2010 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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Like all ‘humanitarian’ disasters, Haiti to Somalia, Darfur to Bangladesh, the West is supposed to feel awful about the local natives chopping each other’s body parts off. Why? Believe it or not, not all atheists are leftwing sentimentalists or Marxist agitators hoping to turn tragedy into world revolution.  For those of us who don’t respond to the pleas of Franklin Graham, the Pope, Islamic mullahs or Episcopalian gay do-gooders, why on Earth is Darfur of concern to us.  If indeed there is sufficient oil to ensure prosperity for civilized beings(e.g., practically no one in sub-Sahara Africa) for decades, well fine. Let us sanitize the area of its current dysfuncitional human offshoots and replace them with hard working people from abroad who can extract the wealth, transport it in safety and perhaps after rational investigation, see if Godforsaken(even atheists use these trite expressions)Sudan can be re-developed into useful farmland if rational water practices and conservation can be introduced.  The current inhabitants have had a few milennia to prove they can do something useful with this so far desolate area:  Time’s up. Invest in the area by all means to develop it with a population that understands investment, savings and civil law.  “Aid” to the current masses in Sudan and elsewhere in Africa, whether infected with AIDS, Ebola, malaria or whatever diseases bush meat brings is an utter waste of resources.  Branches of humanity do go extinct. Only Christians might find that unacceptable. But we’ll all die if Christian thinking as interpreted by Bono, Angelina Jolie, the Pope and the evangelicals guides rational decisions.

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