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  •  Nicholas Kristof continues on a theme (3+ / 0-)
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    cinsch, Crashing Vor, mommaK

    in Watching Darfuris Die. He supports Gen. McPeake's suggestion of a No-Fly zone.   Here is what the people are facing:

    The biggest immediate threat isn’t starvation, because that takes time. Rather, the first crises will be disease and water shortages, particularly in West Darfur.

    The camps will quickly run out of clean water, because generator-operated pumps bring the water to the surface from wells and boreholes. Fuel supplies to operate the pumps may last a couple of weeks, and then the water disappears.

    Health clinics have already closed, and diarrhea is spreading in Zam Zam camp and meningitis in Kalma camp. These are huge camps — Kalma has perhaps 90,000 people — and diseases can spread rapidly. Children will be the first to die.

    Hundreds of thousands of people in the camps may try to flee to Chad, but that would overwhelm Chad’s own impoverished and vulnerable population. And to top it off, Mr. Bashir has armed a large proxy force of Chadian rebels who are said to be preparing an attack on the Chadian government.

    The column is not in the morning list of pundits, and I wrote about something else (Frank Rich and "Our Town", but I still think we ought to continue to pay attention.

    Peace.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 05:13:05 AM PDT

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