Debate became heated Tuesday evening as students, faculty, and locals gathered for a heated debate about the role of international cooperation in the Darfur genocides.
The event, sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and was moderated by Law School faculty Co-Director Peter Rosenblum, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government Mahmood Mamdani, and John Prendergast, co-chair of the Enough Project and member of the board of Save Darfur Coalition. They debated divisive issues such as the number of deaths in the region, whether the genocide should be approached politically, economically, or militarily, and who should implement peace and how it should be done.
The stories are beginning to trickle in from displaced-persons camps in Darfur: increasing hunger, epidemics and -- the quietest killer -- a shortage of water in the Sahara.
Last month, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His response was to expel international aid agencies that provide a lifeline to Darfurians, and with that, "never again" is being made into "once again" through a continuation of genocide by other means. But Mr. Bashir's deadly gambit provides an opportunity.
As journalists who travel the world, Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey know that once you finish telling a story, you have to move on to the next one.
But the complex and compelling crisis that enfolds the people of Darfur keeps drawing them back. “The trouble with Darfur is it’s the one country you can’t move on from – the tragedy there is so great,” explains Jeffrey, a photojournalist and missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.