LibLink: Lynne Featherstone – Darfur is still suffering ten years after conflict began

Women in the Abu Shouk camp for displaced people, north Darfur, Sudan - Some rights reserved by DFID - UK Department for International DevelopmentJust back from a visit to Darfur, Lynne Featherstone writes on Huffpo about continuing concerns for the region:

Britain’s aid programme is about people, not numbers. But sometimes, the figures are so shocking it is impossible to escape them.

This year marks 10 years since the start of conflict in Darfur and the numbers speak for themselves. During 3,655 days of violence, hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been forced from their home and 2.7 million still rely on food aid for survival.

As we approach the grim anniversary of when violence began, I visited the war-ravaged region this week to see for myself the impact British aid is having on the ground. In many ways, the fact that I am only able to blog about it after returning from Darfur because of the security threat, speaks louder than any of the words I can write.

There is a lot to remain concerned about – the censorship of the media, the lack of access for NGOs and UN agencies to deliver development programmes, the recent closures of four leading NGOs in Sudan and the endless blame game. These are all issues I raised with the Government of Sudan.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and councillor. As part of the Liberal Democrat Voice team he helps with photos and moderation on the site, as well as occsionally contributing articles. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in LibLink.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Raw 16th Jan - 6:59pm
    "The LibDems might explore the possibility of a policy of putting the fire service into the independent sector". No thanks. Sounds like it's straight from...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 16th Jan - 6:45pm
    I've got no problem with Gove going to America to interview Trump. In fact I'd be deliriously happy if he stayed there.
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 16th Jan - 6:39pm
    @Peter "@Peter Watson How would you like being told that you didn’t understand what you were voting for and got it all wrong, so you...
  • User AvatarPeter 16th Jan - 6:36pm
    @Peter Watson How would you like being told that you didn't understand what you were voting for and got it all wrong, so you will...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 16th Jan - 6:36pm
    @ Peter Watson That's fair comment, Peter. Being nicey, nicey and all things to all men (and women) eventually butters no parsnips. It is not...
  • User AvatarEthicsgradient 16th Jan - 6:33pm
    @Andrew McCaig My evidence would be that if you a person were aged 18-21 when voting in the 1975 referendum you would probably have voted...