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Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement

In a column yesterday, Eric Reeves tells it like it is: The Obama administration's special envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, is making terrible mistakes that gravely increase the danger for civilians in Darfur (and elsewhere in Sudan).

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On the humanitarian front, Gration has said too little about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the consequences of Khartoum's March 4 expulsion of 13 key international humanitarian organizations; he has demonstrated little appreciation for what was lost, and the difficulty in generating new capacity. Stop-gap measures are beginning to fail at the height of the rainy season, and a number of camps report grave health and sanitation crises.

Inexplicably, Gration has said in public that it may be time for the "voluntary" return of 2.7 million displaced persons in Darfur

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