Who Said This? – Quote #2

“The knock-down argument against humanitarian invasion is that it won’t work. The idea of foreign troops fighting their way into Darfur and disarming the Janjawiid militia by force is sheer fantasy…The only way peacekeeping works is with consent: the agreement of the Sudan government and the support of the majority of the Darfurian populace, including the leaders of the multitudinous armed groups in the region. Without this, UN troops will not only fail but will make the plight of Darfurians even worse.”

Answer: Alex de Waal, “The book was closed too soon on peace in Darfur” in The Guardian 2006

Consider: 

  • Can you think of other examples in which external aid has neglected the local people? How does anthropology inform your personal opinion of external aid and intrusion?

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