President Obama has chosen retired Major General J. Scott Gration as special envoy to Sudan. This action is urgently needed as many people around the world have been hoping that the President would appoint someone of Major Gration’s ability, experience, and integrity. In 2006 Major Gration traveled to Africa with Mr. Obama and visited the refugee camps in Chad.
Following the arrest warrant for President Al-Bashir of Sudan for war crimes, the Sudanese government expelled 13 international aid agencies (NGOs), which left 1.1 million civilians without vital food deliveries and many more left without potable water and health care. We can expect to hear of starvation and disease on a grand scale.
Hopefully, the new envoy to Sudan will be able to make a difference in this land that continues to be left devastated and desolate.