Saturday, October 13, 2007

[wvns] Sudan blocks Jimmy Carter visit

Jimmy Carter fights with Sudanese security over Darfur visit

Jimmy Carter got into a heated argument with Sudanese security
officials today after they blocked his efforts to meet with tribal
leaders and refugees in Darfur, according to reports from the Horn of

"No you can't go. It's not on the program," a guard named Omar yelled
at the 83-year-old American, AP reports.

"We're going to anyway. You don't have the power to stop me," Carter
said in response, according to the wire service.

Omar later told reporters that Carter wanted to breach security by
walking into town to meet with representatives of the refugee
community who failed to show up for a scheduled meeting in Kabkabiya.
Secret Service agents eventually convinced the Democrat to leave, but
the The New York Times says Carter later warned the guard named Omar:
"I'll tell President Bashir about this."

The German press agency has a good overview of his trip, which
includes a delegation of statesmen known as The Elders. In the end,
Carter didn't get to meet with the refugees, who were supposed to be
brought to see him as part of a compromise he reached with the
Sudanese after the exchange with the guards.

Update at 11:09 a.m. ET: Carter just announced that Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir pledged today to pay $300 million in
compensation to the people of Darfur, according to Reuters.

"He promised us there would be $300 million in all coming to the
Darfur region in compensation, $100 million coming from the
government, and $200 million to be a loan from the Chinese," Carter says.

Khartoum had previously agreed to pay $30 million as part of a 2006
peace agreement.

(Photo of Carter and Omar by Alfred de Montesquiou, AP.)


Sudan to host Palestinian refugees
Tue, 09 Oct 2007

A Palestinian Refugee Camp
Sudanese officials announce that they will accept the Palestinian
refugees who are stranded on Iraq's border with Syria and Jordan.

The Council of Ministers chaired by president Omer al-Bashir has
welcomed the hosting of 400 Palestinian families.

"It's a few hundred. The president agreed to the request of both Hamas
and Fatah to accommodate them and we are going to inform the Arab
League and then make our preparations," said a senior Foreign Ministry

The refugees will be hosted by Khartoum and Northern states. The two
states expressed their willingness to host the Palestinians.

The UNHCR estimates about 34,000 Palestinians currently live in Iraq.
Some 300 Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been killed since the
US-led invasion in 2003.


The World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for nearly $65m to feed up
to 1.7 million people in Uganda, one of at least 17 countries to have
been affected by severe flooding.

UN appeals for Africa flood aid

Ghana in west Africa is among 17 countries that have been heavily hit
by flooding [AFP]

The World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for nearly $65m to feed up
to 1.7 million people in Uganda, one of at least 17 countries to have
been affected by severe flooding.

Uganda has been particularly hard-hit, and the money will help stave
off hunger, the WFP said in its appeal on Tuesday.

Tesema Negash, WFP country director, said: "Our teams are on the
ground distributing food to flood victims, but access is difficult and
without new funds, everything is in jeopardy."

Swept away

Mohammed Adow, reporting for Al Jazeera from flood-hit Soroti in
northern Uganda, said that roads "which would have been the way to
bring in the food aid and the medicine have been swept away and
destroyed in many places.

"Farmers we have spoken to have said their crops have been destroyed.

"We've seen houses that have been destroyed, with their owners now
living in primary schools - sleeping the in the schools during the
night and leaving in the morning when the children come in for their

In eastern Uganda, nine people have been reported killed and 150,000
made homeless since early August.

Another 400,000 people, mainly subsistence farmers, have lost their
livelihoods after their fields were flooded or roads washed away.

The rains are forecast to worsen in the next month.


As the rains continue, WFP in Uganda said it is also bracing for an
influx of thousands fleeing fighting in eastern Congo.

On the night of August 30, some 30,000 asylum seekers entered Uganda,
the group said, though most have returned home.

On the other side of the continent, Ghana in west Africa has also been
heavily hit.

Three regions in the country's north have been declared an official
disaster zone after whole towns and villages were submerged.

Torrential rains between July and August killed at least 18 people and
displaced a quarter of a million, Oboshie-Sai Cofie, Ghana's
information minister, said over the weekend.



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