Friday, May 05, 2006

It takes E.R. to draw attention to a humanitarian crisis in Darfur

The humanitarian disaster unfolding in Darfur received yesterday its most prominent exposure so far on American television. It was episode (and next episodes) of hospital drama E.R., which has brought to light the tragedy taking place in the Darfur region of war-torn Sudan, where upwards of 400,000 people are believed to have been killed in attacks by ethnic Arabs against black Africans. 2 million more were driven from their homes in the western Sudan province since 2003.

The three mayor American network evening newscasts devoted less than a combined 10 minutes so far this year to the political and ethnic conflict in Darfur

Resources on humanitarian crisis in Darfur:
http://hrw.org/doc?t=africa&c=darfur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_conflict

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