United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been “completely burned down, except for a few buildings.” The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.
Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle—without the necessary funds or mandate—to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.
The U.N. Security Council has approved plans to create a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not deploy the troops until Sudan agrees. The force of up to 22,500 would “replace or absorb” the 7,000 African Union soldiers whose mandate expires Sept. 30. (h/t: Think Progress)