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MUST READ: “Sudan’s Wild West”

July 6, 2009

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Rob Crilly wrote a nicely nuanced and thoughtful article about how March’s ICC indictment against Bashir may endanger aid workers by making them more susceptible to kidnapping.

Banditry and carjackings are rife, but until this year foreigners had not been targeted for kidnap.

That all changed in March when Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir was indicted on war crimes charges.

“It’s impossible to say how these things are connected, but there have been three kidnappings of westerners ever since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant – that can’t be a coincidence,” said one aid worker familiar with security conditions in Darfur.

We can only hope that Nick Kristof will read it too and, as we’d say back home, “learn him some” journalistic skillz.


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