Alessandro Bruno on CTV News Sharing Insights on the Darfur Truce
The deputy editor of The North Africa Journal, Alessandro Bruno, explains how the cease-fire deals signed in Sudan are reflective of the government's pursuit of votes for a number of upcoming elections.Troubles in the Sudanese region of Darfur accelerated since 2003. Political influences from the West, within Sudan itself, and from the likes of Libya and Chad have led to what is one of today’s biggest humanitarian disasters. The conflict has taken an ethnic dimension with ethnic Arabs and “Africans” fighting each other.
We note that the racial distinction is often very difficult to make based on the pure racial makeup of Sudan. The feud between Arab Sudanese, represented by the central government and the South reached a peak in 2003 with the beginning of the Darfur conflict, in which the resistance coalesced into a roughly cohesive rebel movement. With scores of dead and millions of people displaced, the Darfur conflict is stirring passion worldwide, and despair among many.
But on March 18, 2010, a truce between the Sudanese government and a coalition of rebels was signing a truce in Doha. A cease-fire agreement was reached, paving the way to political negotiations. North Africa Journal's Deputy Editor Alessandro Bruno shared his views on the topic with viewers of CTV News. Click here to view the clip and listen to the analysis.