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A brief overview of the Darfur conflict from a friend of mine who has spent a considerable amount of time "on the ground" there.
The overview describes three of the significant "drivers" that explain what is going on in Darfur, but also show why decreasing the misery is so difficult.
The three "drivers" are 1) ethnicity, 2) oil (mostly China, in the ongoing "scramble for Africa"), and 3) desertification/climate change.
I hope this overview is helpful. Any informative comments are greatly appreciated.
As a personal note, with the Darfur hell so centred around oil, I can't help but think of the Iraq hell, that also began in 2003, and has likely resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians—basically folks like you and me.
Don't you just dream of a time when enough people actually say, "No"—and it has meaning? Maybe that time is closer than we know.
Credits: Some of the stills are from the gifted photographer Ton Koene. www.tonkoene.com The music is from Dennis Burke, composer on both Uganda Rising and See Grace Fly. www.dennisburkemusic.com