Saturday, May 07, 2005

Finally, help for Sudan

In today's Globe and Mail, finally some good news for the beleaguered people of Darfur:

"Canada will send up to 150 military personnel to Sudan to help the African Union and a United Nations mission keep the peace in the war-torn African country, The Canadian Press has learned.
Ottawa will also shore up its support for the African mission by handing over some old military equipment and likely adding to the $20-million in humanitarian support it has already given to Sudan, a source said."

Good work done by independent MP David Kilgour on this...he's been very good at using his now-powerful independent position to get good things done.

"In a recent meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin, Mr. Kilgour said he requested boots on the ground in Sudan, plus equipment like helicopters, food, medicine and money. He also wants Canada to boost its foreign aid to get it closer to 0.7 per cent of the gross domestic product.

"There was clearly an understanding that a major initiative would be undertaken by Canada, both militarily and in terms of aid for Darfur.""

Hmmmm. I guess there are good liberals after all.

For more info on Darfur, try here, here, and here.

As a Jewish person less than three days after Holocaust Memorial Day, all I can say is "Never Again".


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