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Vol 44 No 3

Published 7th February 2003


Saving salvation

The NIF has won over Europeans and Arabs but US patience is wearing thin

The contrast could not have been starker. On 30 January, Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha opened the first stretch of a road to Ethiopia, dispatching 25 lorries of food to famine-stricken Ethiopians. Meanwhile, the government he heads was using its new road across Western Upper Nile (WUN) to clear famine-stricken Sudanese from the oil areas (see Box). Khartoum has systematically obstructed aid deliveries in the war zones by the United Nations' Operation Lifeline Sudan. The Machakos talks in Kenya between the National Islamic Front (National Congress) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army hovered on the brink of collapse.

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