This is what’s happening in Darfur


An international peacekeeper has been shot dead in Sudan’s Darfur region, in an apparent bid to steal his car, the joint UN-African Union mission said.

He was shot outside his home on Thursday night in the south Darfur town of Nyala as he was parking his car, Unamid officials said.

The situation in Darfur degenerated for a reason, to be sure, and those responsible for creating and perpetuating this state of anarchy will have to be held accountable.  But the reality is, this kind of opportunistic banditry is what is going on in Darfur right now, and efforts should be focused on ensuring that the people of Darfur — let alone those who risk their lives protecting them — be protected from this kind of wanton violence.

(image of UNAMID peacekeepers at a funeral, June 2008, from United Nations Photo)