Monday, April 10, 2006

Fickle donors neglect Africa's wars

From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Sudan, global donors are turning their backs on Africa's worst conflict zones, setting back efforts to stem the killing and ushering in lasting peace, Jan Egeland, the United Nations' humanitarian chief, said today.

Egeland said donors had only come up with a fifth of the funding needed this year for both the DRC and southern Sudan, where brutal wars have killed and displaced millions. "Sudan and Congo are the two worst wars of our generation," Egeland said. "The accumulated death toll is several times that of Rwanda's genocide for each. We have to stay the marathon and we are not. We are not adequately able to finish the job, and that means funding the return of refugees and displaced people and demobilising and giving jobs to the fighters," he added.

It's easier to blame "fickle donors" than to blame the UN for it's failures and the local governments for their corruption and failure to aid their own people.
In English, this type of blaming is described by the saying is "Biting the hand that feeds you"...

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