Why Has International Aid Failed? Essay

1549 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Why has International Aid Failed? Given the outright condemnation of the atrocities committed by the Janjaweed and the Sudanese government, the physical aid presented by major foreign powers has been limited. Focusing on the US, both Colin Powell and George W. Bush, Secretary of State and President at the time, heavily criticized these groups for their acts of rape, pillage, and murder, yet the amount of US involvement at the time was limited to that of a spectator. In 2007, four years into the war and one year from the end of Bush’s presidency, very few if any US peacekeeping boots had hit the ground in Darfur, says Newman (2008). This is not a party issue, however. In 2006, while campaigning for his first term, President Obama made a similar promise to the people of Darfur: “We can’t say ‘never again’ and allow it to happen again. As President of the United States, I don’t intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter” (Andrews, 2015). Since that declaration, little has been done in way of international support for the people of Darfur, with UN peacekeeping forces beginning to pull out. This trend completely opposes the situation in Darfur, where 3,000 villages were destroyed and 450,000 people were forced to leave their homes in 2014 alone (Andrews 2015). The simple and unfortunate truth to this matter is, however much the presidents would like to end the Darfur genocide, their involvement is limited due to little public interest in the African nation of…

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