The Lady Speaks

In a world gone mad…

When I read the following two articles on msnbc.com, it made me think of the Beastie Boys' song:

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Yesterday, five US lawmakers were arrested at a non-violent protest outside the Sudanese embassy. Representatives Tom Lantos (D-Ca), James McGovern (D-Ma), John Olver (D-Ma), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx), and James Moran (D-Va) were "were among 11 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor subject to a fine." (AP)

More from the Associated Press:

Five Congress members were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs Friday in protest of the Sudanese government’s role in atrocities in the Darfur region.

[snip]

The protesters cheered as the Congress members and others were cuffed, hands behind their backs, with plastic ties and quietly led to a white police van by U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers.

The arrests were expected. Lantos’ office issued a news release about them in advance.

The protesters called on the Sudanese government to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur and allow humanitarian relief organizations full access to victims.

Makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy, right? It seems people are finally getting the message about Darfur – especially since George Clooney added his voice (and face) to the cause. (Read more about that here.)

The warm fuzzies vanish in a heartbeat when you read this, from Reuters:

The United Nations said on Friday it would cut food rations for more than 6 million people in Sudan, half of them in Darfur, due to a severe lack of funds.

Many donor countries appear to have tired of the long-term conflict in Darfur, despite signs that malnutrition is again on the rise among people living in squalid camps, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) said.

WFP said it was halving food aid from the minimum daily requirement of 2,100 calories to 1,050 calories as of May.

[snip]

The Rome-based agency had only received $238 million or 32 percent of its annual appeal of $746 million for Sudan. Africa’s largest country is emerging from civil war in the south as talks continue on a peace deal to end a conflict in Darfur.

Spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing, “It is scandalous, but we have no choice.”

[snip]

The WFP estimates that 2,100 calories a day is the minimum daily requirement needed to stay in good health. [emphasis mine]

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April 29, 2006 - Posted by | Children, Darfur, Government, Politics, Sudan, War On Women

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