Not So Fast, UN: Darfur War Isn't Over

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 11:15 AM CDT
In this image provided by Physicians for Human Rights, Darfuri women return to a UN refugee camp near Farchana, Chad, in 2008.   (AP Photo/Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Lin Piwowarczyk)
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(Newser) – A top UN official has declared that the "real war" in Darfur is over, but that might come as a surprise to the 3 million or so refugees still living in fear of militia attacks, writes Andrew Meldrum for Global Post. He talks to relief officials who find the pronouncement "incredibly premature," in the words of one. It "directly contradicts what we see on the ground."

For starters, Sudan and rebel groups have not hammered out a political resolution. And the government—which seems immune to international pressure—is thought to be stockpiling arms. "It is the government that turns the tap on and off," an analyst tells the BBC. "They can restart the violence whenever they want." Perhaps most telling, the millions of refugees in various African camps have shown no inclination to head back home and resume their lives.