Saturday, July 15, 2006

Crisis in the Otash Camp

There is humanitarian crisis in the Otash camp which lies just outside Nyala, the capital of Southern Darfur. This is a crisis we can’t ignore, according to the opposition foreign affairs spokesman, Kevin Rudd, who has just returned to Australia after four days in Sudan at the invitation of World Vision.

The Otash camp provides food, primitive shelter and basic sanitary facilities for 40,000 people who fled there after their villages were looted and burned by Arab militia – the Janjaweed.

Mr. Rudd thinks the Australian government should act. In fact, he believes, all people of goodwill have a responsibility to act now on the crisis in Darfur – a crisis the World Vision described as like watching Rwanda in slow motion.

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