Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Water shortages hit Darfur - Water will become Sudan's most precious resource

Life is short. Taking a break. Can't stomach reading any more news of calls for war and death that gives thieves, terrorists, killers and rapists a field day. Can't bear to see any more photos of uneducated African children living in war zones where billions of dollars are wasted on greedy, power crazy, good for nothings.

Water shortages hit Darfur. Despite the arrival of the rainy season in south Darfur the country is still faced with critical water shortages, International Committee of the Red Cross reported 7 Sep 2006.

Abu Shouk refugee camp Darfur

War is senseless. As noted here many times before, countries with water shortages need to be helped by armies of world class land rights lawyers and water engineers to enable clean drinking water to be accessible where needed.

Sudan's Chinese backed Merowe Dam

Sudan is a country the size of Europe. For sure, scientists say, it will face increasing water shortages (hence more fighting and killing over water holes, livestock, arable land) due to climate change. A dear old English friend, who'd lived and worked in the Sudan 50 years ago, once described to me Sudan's ongoing crises as "too many people living in the wrong place". I fear he is correct.


Note, many nomadic groups occupy pastures belonging to displaced communities while concerns of Arab nomads remain largely unaddressed.

United power ...

See sister blog Niger Watch, Mar 5 2006 and read how The 21st century's most explosive commodity will be . . . WATER

PS Thanks for all the emails and comments. Sorry unable to keep up with replies. Must rest now. God bless the children of Africa.
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World's most wanted: climate change
A major contributing factor to the conflict in Darfur has been a shift in rainfall that has put nomadic herders and settled pastoralists into conflict with each other.

It is now becoming increasingly clear that it is what we do in the next 15 years that matters most.
Source: BBC John Ashton viewpoint, 8 Sep 2006.
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Solve climate 'whatever it costs'
"The lawlessness of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the horrors of Darfur, exacerbated by changes to rainfall patterns, '... illustrate how an unstable climate will make it harder to deliver security unless we act more effectively now to neutralise the threat.'

According to Felix Dodds, co-editor of the recent book Human Environmental Security - an Agenda for Change, diplomatic failure on climate change may well lead to conflict.

'John Ashton is right in his analysis, and international discussions are critical to solving this issue,' he said, 'because the alternative is you do end up with military solutions.

'There is a time window, and that window is 10 to 15 years - if we don't deal with it now, the reality is we will have to use military means to secure water, food, and energy security.'"
Source: Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News Sep 8 2006.
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PSD Blog - World Bank Group July 18, 2006:
The prophet Mohammed was an early proponent of property rights. When a famine in Medina brought sharp price increases, people implored him to less the hardship by fixing prices. He refused because, having once been a merchant himself, he believed the buyers' and sellers' free choices should not be overridden. "Allah is the only one who sets the prices and gives prosperity and poverty," he said. "I would not want to be complained about before Allah by someone whose property or livelihood has been violated."

From John McMillan's 'Reinventing the Bazaar.' See a previous post from the same book.


James McGinley said...

Please take this as the constructive input it is intended to be. In my view it is time for all of us involved to make certain that our efforts are not feeding our penchant for voyeurism. You have done a wonderful, compassionate job of helping us see. NOW, IT IS TIME TO HELP PEOPLE ACT. Don't let us be comfortable watching. We need more courage, more commitment. NOT, more information.
As Dr. King said, “When you are right you cannot be too radical….”
“… when a person is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed...... Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved...civil disobedience is a strategy for social change which is at least as forceful as an ambulance with its sirens on full.”

Jay McGinley
Day 106 24/7 Washington DC Vigil
Day 35 Hunger Strike
Arrested with Africa Action 30 September 9th

Anonymous said...

Take care of yourself Ingrid.

Anonymous said...

Amnesty did put word into some action, however modest, today in Norway's Capital Oslo.

I posted a few pictures on The Oslo Blig, but more will come at www.amnesty.no

Keep up the efforts everybody!