ME and Ophelia

Saturday, May 08, 2004

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Pro-government militiamen are accused of holding a town hostage

I'm pleased to note that the Sudan crisis is moving up the agenda at the BBC. They've updated yesterday's report. And published it in the top story section at BBC News online UK:

After briefing the council yesterday, UN Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan spoke of a "scorched earth policy" and "repeated crimes against humanity". He described aerial bombardments as well as systematic attacks on villages by Sudanese government forces and militiamen who killed, raped, and looted. "This is happening before our very eyes," he said. Pro-government militiamen are accused of holding a town hostage.

Mr Ramcharan condemned the Khartoum authorities. But the BBC's Susannah Price at UN headquarters says other officials within the organisation have been reluctant to do so. I wonder why.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 5/08/2004
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