L’Union Africaine empêtrée au Darfour/ African Union enmeshed in Darfur

(liens en anglais/links in english)

Le Washington Post nous parle de la situation dramatique de l’Union Africaine qui ne sera pas en mesure d’assurer sa mission au Darfour à cause du manque de fonds et de volonté des pays membres d’envoyer plus de troupes. La Chine quant à elle est prête à s’impliquer avec l’envoi de 200 hommes.

Il faut savoir que le budget total de l’U.A., est un maigre 133 millions de dollars, le prix de la moitié d’un Airbus A-380.

The Washington Post tells us the dramatic situation of the African Union . The A.U. is unable to fulfill her mission in Darfur due to the lack of funds and of will  from it’s member States to send more troops. However, China will send 200 men.

One must know that the A.U. budget is a mere 133 millions dollars; the price of half an Airbus A-380 

Washington Post:

The beleaguered African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur is on the verge of collapse, a development that is undercutting international efforts to protect civilians and deploy United Nations reinforcements, according to A.U. and U.N. officials.

The African Union’s first major peacekeeping mission — once considered the last line of defense for Darfur’s civilians — has been crippled by funding and equipment shortages, government harassment and an upsurge in armed attacks by rebel forces that last month left seven African troops dead.

The setbacks have sapped morale among peacekeepers, many of whom have not been paid for months. It has also compelled the force — which numbered 7,000 troops at its peak — to scale back its patrols and has diminished its capacity to protect civilians, aid workers and its own peacekeepers. In one example, Gambian troops last month failed to aid a Ghanaian peacekeeper who was gunned down in a carjacking incident within 300 yards of the mission’s Darfur headquarters, U.N. officials said.

The crisis comes as the Sudanese government has renewed aerial bombardment in Darfur. And it has raised serious concerns among U.N. planners and outside experts about the viability of plans to deploy a joint U.N. and A.U. peacekeeping mission of up to 20,000 troops. Some governments that have committed to send troops and equipment to Darfur are either balking or failing to make good on their pledges.

“The risk is great that everything will collapse,” African Union Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare warned last month during Darfur talks in New York. “Today, we have soldiers who have been waiting three or four months to be paid.”