December 22, 2001 |
The announcement this week that Sudan had agreed to negotiate an internationally monitored cease-fire was supposed to be a significant step in ending a brutal civil war. It marked the first positive response from the Sudanese government to conditions set by former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth, President Bush's special envoy who is trying to bring an end to the country's 18 years of ethnic and religious warfare.
September 7, 2001 |
President Bush launched a U.S. initiative Thursday to end Sudan's long and brutal civil war, saying he wants to "spare that land from more years of sorrow" but acknowledging the daunting challenge ahead. In an announcement at the White House Rose Garden, the president named former Sen. John C. Danforth (R-Mo.) as special envoy to lead the diplomatic effort.
August 30, 2001 |
Six months after being pulled out of rebel forces fighting in Sudan's 18-year civil war, a batch of former child soldiers has gone home. U.N. officials said Wednesday that 3,480 former child fighters--some as young as 8--have been sent back to their homes in southern Sudan after being retrained as teachers, mechanics and farmers. Over the next 18 months, the U.N.
May 29, 2001 |
Sudan's president and the country's main rebel leader will attend a peace summit in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at ending their 18-year civil war, a rebel official said. The Saturday summit, organized by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development, will mark the first time the two have attended the same peace talks since 1997, said Justin Arop, a Sudan People's Liberation Army official. SPLA leader John Garang will attend with the president, Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, Arop said.
May 10, 2001 |
The Sudanese government and southern rebels exchanged accusations over who was responsible for shooting at a Red Cross plane and killing its co-pilot over southern Sudan on Wednesday. The plane was hit twice about halfway through its flight from Lokichokio, Kenya, to Juba, Sudan. One exploding shell damaged the cockpit and killed the co-pilot and another damaged the right wing, said Michael Kleiner, a Red Cross spokesman in Nairobi.
March 2, 2000 |
A phalanx of international relief organizations suspended operations in southern Sudan on Wednesday in frustration over the groups' failure to reach an agreement with guerrillas in the war-torn region over security concerns and the distribution of aid. The abrupt departure of the dozen or so aid organizations could seriously jeopardize ongoing humanitarian relief programs in southern Sudan and put at risk the lives of tens of thousands of people.