Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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'God, how grim,' is the most common reaction I've been getting when I tell people I'm doing a magazine on Darfur. Often followed by: 'It's just so awful - but there doesn't seem to be anything we can do...'

This feeling of powerlessness in the face of extreme human suffering is unpleasant and upsetting; so we're inclined to look away. The media's portrayal of Darfur doesn't help. Devoid of explanation and analysis, we are bombarded by harrowing images, left feeling shocked and confused.

I can't deny that putting this magazine together has been disturbing. Eager to help, my search for a simple solution to Darfur's problems has nonetheless drawn a blank. Most people I've spoken to - Darfurian refugees, activists, humanitarian workers - have been downbeat about Darfur's prospects, ground down by four years of banging their heads against a brick wall. …

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