Secretary-General ‘Humbled’ by Darfur
Posted on Sep 5, 2007
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has braved pro-government protests to visit a refugee camp in Darfur, where he said he was “shocked and humbled” by the “hardship all these tens of thousands of people were undergoing.” Residents at the camp gave the world’s top diplomat a warm greeting, chanting “Welcome, welcome Ban Ki-moon.”
Thousands of refugees at Al Salaam camp, near El Fasher in North Darfur state, in North Darfur chanted “Welcome, welcome Ban Ki-Moon.”
The South Korean diplomat told the crowds: “We must bring peace and development. We must protect human rights. We must help all of you return to your homes and lands.”
After visiting the camp, which holds 48,000 people, Mr Ban said he had wanted to use his position to give the refugees hope.