Magazine article The Christian Century

Aid Pledge to Darfur 'Not Enough,' Says African Church Leader

Magazine article The Christian Century

Aid Pledge to Darfur 'Not Enough,' Says African Church Leader

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A Christian leader in the Horn of Africa has welcomed a Sudanese government pledge of $300 million in aid for Sudan's Darfur region but said that it is insufficient and should not distract attention from the underlying causes of the conflict.

"It is a positive step, but it is not enough," said Fred Nyabera, executive director of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.

Nyabera was commenting October 3 on reports that Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir had promised the multimillion-dollar aid package in a meeting with a group known as The Elders, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela assembled the group, which also includes his wife, child rights activist Graca Machel; former UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi; and billionaire British business-person Richard Branson.

Carter was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that al-Bashir had "promised us there would be $300 million in all coming to the Darfur region in compensation--$100 million coming from the government and $200 million to be a loan from the Chinese. …

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