Several days earlier this week were lost to illness. Nothing serious but a cold that in earlier times might have bounced off pretty well leveled me.
As usual, the "good news" of two weeks ago that al-Bashir finally acquiesced to 20,000 peacekeepers has been more than offset by more recent reports of:
- Deep skepticism on the part of most watchers that al-Bashier will at last honor anything he says;
- The worst month yet of attacks on aid workers;
- The top two UN / Darfur related posts continue unfilled since 2006;
- Indeterminate delay of the Mid-August peace agreement meeting....
After the "good news" of several weeks ago I shifted focus from Sudan Embassy exclusive to include other locations. In light of the "bad news" above I expect to resume focus on the Sudan Embassy and possibly resume the 24/6 residence on the sidewalk. My body has lost quite a bit of resilience but our Darfur family has lost much more.