Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The spiral of death

Bishop Dale J. Melczek of Gary recently spoke at a Catholic-Jewish program regarding the genocide in Darfur. Bishop Melczek reported that, despite all the humanitarian and diplomatic efforts, "the spiral of death continues." Catholic News Service reports:
The situation in Darfur is a "test of our humanity," Bishop Dale J. Melczek of Gary said at a Dec. 18 Catholic-Jewish program on the crisis in this region of Sudan.

Speaking at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Bishop Melczek said that despite all the humanitarian and diplomatic efforts "the spiral of death continues" in Darfur.

More than 100 people of various faiths came together at the university's Alumni Hall to hear from representatives of Catholic Relief Services and American Jewish World Service, two agencies providing emergency humanitarian relief to Darfur.

At least 200,000 people have died in Darfur and more than 2 million people have been displaced since 2003 when fighting escalated between rebel groups and government troops and Arab militias known as Janjaweed.

Despite a May peace agreement meant to end the conflict, the fighting has continued and threatens to spread to neighboring Chad, where many displaced people from Darfur are taking shelter.

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