There was a glimmer of hope last week in Sudan. A peace agreement was signed between the Sudanese government and the largest rebel group in Darfur. Two other rebel groups refused to sign the agreement. Even without their involvement, this is the first glimmer of hope in this war ravaged nation.
The conflict which has been raging for three years. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the genocide. Another 180,000 is estimated to have died from disease and malnutrition. There are over 2 million refugees who have fled their villages.
Groups have been in talks for over two years. Divisions run deep. More work needs to be done. Until all factions have reach a compromise, there will probably be little change in Sudan. Their is great hope that the refugee protections granted in the agreement may pave the way for UN relief workers return to the region.