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January 6, 2023

New York Times: U.S. Sending Emergency Aid to Darfur. With just 15 days left in office, President Bush announced Monday that he had ordered an immediate airlift to deliver vehicles and equipment to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan to bolster a struggling international peacekeeping effort there. The White House said the airlift had been in the planning stages for months. But some human rights activists expressed puzzlement at the timing of the move, a little more than two weeks before the inauguration of Barack Obama. "There is this question, 'Why haven't they done this before?'" said Jerry Fowler, executive director of Save Darfur, an advocacy group, adding that the airlift "might be a little bit of last-minute legacy shopping by the administration."

Washington Post: White House Defends Its Peace Efforts In Darfur. The Bush administration yesterday strongly defended U.S. efforts to stop the killing in Darfur, announcing new plans to airlift equipment to the strife-torn region of Sudan and arguing that President Bush has been a leader in attempting to end the violence there. The new edict will allow the State Department to deliver 240 containers of heavy equipment into Darfur to aid United Nations peacekeepers there, officials said. The Defense Department will also transport equipment from Rwanda into the region. Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition, said Bush deserves credit for the earlier peace agreement, but said the administration has clearly fallen short in resolving the Darfur crisis. "I think the president has had a sincere personal commitment to ending the genocide in Darfur, and in many ways has done more than other countries, but the bottom line is that it's still going on," Fowler said. 

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