Friday, April 14, 2006


It's rather depressing to watch a disaster as it unfolds. I have a hard time getting worked up about genocide in Sudan, but watching it spill-over into Chad is quite troubling. I was introduced to Sudan with the message: this is a disaster area. So it seems normal that terrible things would be happening, it's in the nature of the place. But Chad is different. There has been a vague sense of hope about the place. In particular, it emerged from 20 years of strife to become stable enough -- get this -- to have oil companies invest in it. Imagine a place so unstable that an oil company wouldn't go there? It boggles the mind. Oil companies are in Nigeria, Sudan and etc. Additionally, it had put in place some nice anti-corruption measures with respect to the oil revenues. There was potential. Then in December it withdrew from the anti-corruption stuff and now this. Sad.


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