Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Oxfam Staffer Killed in Darfur

I have been much of my research information from Sudan: The Passion of the Present. It is great sadness that I bring this news. I shall let them tell you, since they now him best.
A new Oxfam America press release...

It is with deep sorrow that Oxfam announces that one of our staff members, Nouraldeen Abdalla Nourein, is believed to have been killed last Friday, 28 July, in West Darfur.

Armed men abducted Nouraldeen during a carjacking of an Oxfam vehicle in early May. Despite extensive efforts by Oxfam, the United Nations, the African Union, the local community, local authorities, and Nouraldeen’s family to trace him, we were unable to secure his release. We believe that he was taken to Chad and held there until recently.

We have been told that Nouraldeen was making his way back to Saraf Omra in North Darfur last week when he was caught up in fighting in Helelat village near Kulbus. We believe that he died there

Nouraldeen worked with Oxfam as a driver, providing water and sanitation to communities in the rural areas near Saraf Omra. He was collecting sand to construct a well when the carjacking took place.

Oxfam temporarily closed its office in Saraf Omra at the end of June because Nouraldeen was still missing. While that office remains closed, we continue to operate in a number of other locations in North Darfur and in South and West Darfur.

Oxfam extends its deepest sympathies to Nouraldeen’s family and to his colleagues in North Darfur. He will be greatly missed.
This has got to stop. When we speak up? When will we demand justice for those who have no voice? How can we enjoy a single moment when there are so many who are never safe, never free, never happy? How can we not do all that we can to put an end to this? Why do we not come up with a plan?

Talk, talk, talk. That's all everyone wants to do is freakin' talk! NOTHING gets done by talking. Nothing. Just ask Hitler...

Category: Sudan.