“With renewed carnage in Sudan’s Darfur region spilling into Chad and displacing hundreds thousands more in the past few months, the United Nations top relief official today warned that humanitarian disaster there was imminent if the world did not take quick strong action to get aid in, protect the population and secure a political settlement that stopped the violence once and for all.

“If we are to avoid an imminent, massive loss of life, we need immediate action – from the government of Sudan, the rebels, U.N. Security Council members and donor governments,” Jan Egeland the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator wrote in an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal on the eve of his first visit to the strife-torn region since being blocked from visiting by the Government during his trip to Africa last month.” [Read more]

UPDATE: The largest rebel group in Sudan’s Darfur region has agreed to sign a peace deal with the government. BBC

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