[Montréal, Québec, Canada 22°C] On June 15, Le Devoir included an Agence France-Presse article: “Sudan: Rebels Attack a Humanitarian Convoy”. The article wrote that Jikany Nuer tribesmen attacked a United Nations World Food Program convoy of 31 barges as it was transporting 700 tons of food aid. The humanitarian aid was destined to Akobo village near the Ethiopian border where 18,000 people have taken refuge from tribal violence since January. The World Food Program barges, escorted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, were attacked for unmentioned reasons, killing at least 40 soldiers.
Without context, the article is no more than another record of ‘tribal’ violence in an African country already mired by war. Without prior knowledge of the situation in Southern Sudan—and the Canadian media provides very little—the details are meaningless. Actually, Southern Sudan is in a post-war renaissance that may lead to a lasting peace, self-determination and independence; if, and only if, they can hold on to the four-year-old peace that Le Devoir describes as “already fragile.”