The head of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, commended the United Nations, after its Security Council on Tuesday backed a resolution to protect Sudan’s citizens by voting to deploy a peacekeeping force in the nation’s war-torn Darfur region.
“The World Evangelical Alliance applauds the resolution by UN on the deployment of peacekeeping force to Darfur,” said Dr. Tunnicliffe, the WEA’s International Director, from New York. “The promise of effectively protecting citizens will only be realized if the international community shows the determined political will to make it work.”
The new force will be called the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNMID). It will combine nearly 20,000 military personnel and more than 6,000 police officers. The hybrid operation would incorporate the 7,000 under-equipped and under-financed Africa Union troops now in Darfur.
The region has experienced widespread killings, triggering a massive exodus of refugees. Experts estimate that since 2003, about 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million have been driven from their homes.
Dr. Tunnicliffe also stressed the need for a rapid action following the resolution to end the suffering there.
“The world has failed Darfur on past occasions, condemning millions to a horrific fate. World leaders must do better this time,” he said. “We’re calling on our people to pray for the speedy deployment of this force so the suffering of the people in Darfur can finally come to an end.”
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World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.