The Post has been a strong voice in calling for an end to the genocide in Darfur; however, the Sept. 14 editorial "Genocide, One Year On" did a disservice to the cause of ending the violence.

While it is true that the Bush administration should be lauded for its courageous declaration of genocide a year ago, since then it has pulled back from its leadership in trying to stop the genocide. And as the administration's public commitment has waned, the violence has continued.

The editorial failed to note that U.N. officials estimate that more than 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur. Nor did the editorial discuss the recent increase in violence against humanitarian workers, which has led to some groups ceasing operations in the Sudanese region.

While it is true, as the editorial stated, that nearly 3.2 million people have been affected by the crisis, The Post did not note that the World Health Organization has declared that the same number (nearly half of the population of Darfur) is in need of food assistance.

Consistent pressure from the United States and the international community can make a significant difference in Darfur. But the situation there remains urgent. Much is left to be done.


Executive Director

Center for Human Rights

and Humanitarian Law

American University