Front-page good news about Sudan

Dinner for one at "Chez Lobl" in London. I am quietly reading a Sunday newspaper while munching a very English meal of steak and kidney pie. I pour myself another glass of sparkling elder-flower pressé. I turn another page of the paper. And there it is. A small item on page 19.

Sudan has ended its 19-year-old war. A brutal civil war that involved impassioned political and religious differences and the enslavement of civilians. Even hunger was used as a weapon against civilians. This war that has killed millions is now most likely over. It is, at the least, drawing its last breath. And that news is tucked away on page 19!

Didn't a similar thing happen a few months back in Angola? A long and bloody civil war came to an end without raising headlines. And were you aware of this fact: "Most of Africa enjoyed rapid growth last year, pushing average gross domestic product to 4 percent" ("Report finds some optimism for Africa—growth rate outstrips rest of the developing world," The Voice, July 22, 2002)?

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