Media Coverage Of ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ Humanitarian Access In Sudan’s Nuba Mountains Limited
New York Times: ‘The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of’
Adam B. Ellick, New York Times correspondent, and Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof reports on the humanitarian situation in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, where bombings and conflict have been occurring for four years. He writes, “You’ve heard of Darfur, and you know about the slaughter underway in Syria. But the worst ethnic cleansing you’ve never heard of is unfolding in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where the government is bombing villages, schools, and hospitals and trying to keep out food and medicine. … President Obama will visit Africa this month, and we’re hoping that he’ll raise this issue with regional leaders and make a big push for humanitarian access — especially to get vaccines and medicines in…” In an accompanying video report, Kristof states, “Sudan is to blame for blocking vaccines, but the U.N. also bears responsibility for refusing to import enough vaccines through unofficial channels. As a result, only five to 10 percent of Nuban children are vaccinated. Come on. Is U.N. protocol really more important than saving lives?…” (7/13).