Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 6, 2002
Sudan oil exploration has 'appalling effects'
Report links oil industry to bomings, mass displacements
By ART BABYCH
"What is clear is that the war in western Upper Nile is inexorably killing off the people of the area"
- David Morley
As well, the health consequences of the war are enormous, he said. "Over 100,000 people are known to have died from one war-related disease alone - kala azar," he said. "Additional mortality from violence, other diseases, and malnutrition is likely in the tens of thousands."
The report, titled Violence, Health and Access to Aid, was based on information collected by the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization over the past 14 years and on interviews with over 100 displaced people during 2001 and 2002.
"What is clear is that the war in western Upper Nile is inexorably killing off the people of the area," said Morley. "The only way to ensure that civilians are adequately protected and assisted is to establish permanent and appropriate humanitarian activity in the area."
He said that goal could be accomplished if the warring parties support "full and unhindered humanitarian access to and protection of populations."
In addition, the international community must fully commit to establishing a permanent humanitarian presence in the western Upper Nile and the warring parties need to cease targeting relief centres as part of their war strategy, he said.
Canadian churches, along with Sudanese Church partners announced on the same day that they would present what they said was "disturbing, new evidence of oil-related abuses at Talisman's annual shareholders' meeting in Calgary the following day and would call for suspension of its activities in Sudan.
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