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March 20, 2011

the world responds to Gadhafi attacks as Darfur's people plead for protection

"We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy."
President Barack Obama, speaking of Libyan leader Mummer Gadhafi April 20 2011.

In 2006 President Obama, as a junior senator, was equally clear about the evils in Darfur, "Today we know what is right, and today we know what is wrong. The slaughter of innocents is wrong. Two million people driven from their homes is wrong. And silence in the face of genocide is wrong."

Yet he has done little to protect the anguished people of Darfur.

From wretched camps across Darfur and eastern Chad millions of souls are calling out to the Security Council and Western nations to intervene, as they have done in Libya, to protect Darfur's people from the on-going aerial bombardments and ground attacks by the Khartoum regime. But no one is listening despite the fact that the number of those who were killed recently in Darfur is more than the number who died in Libya.

Just since December, more than 100,000 civilians have fled their homes to join the 2.7 million already displaced. But there has been no reaction from any Western government. In Libya, by contrast, French fighter jets are now patrolling the skies to prevent further attacks by Gadhafi's forces.

Why has the world abandoned the people of Darfur?

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