This just in from Laura Bisaillon, Green Party candidate for Charlottetown:
I offer several thoughts on Darfur:
First, Elizabeth May is the candidate who first made and routinely makes reference to Darfur. She impresses the need for concerted and effective action in Sudan. You will have read about her ideas and those endorsed by the Green Party on Point 9 of the Party Platform Brief, “Looking Forward” at: http://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform
Second, faraway conflicts are the concern of global citizenry for reasons relating to common resources, ethics, human security, and human rights. For those in doubt, I urge them to read up on Complexity Theory. I speak from experience in the field and research in refugee health in Africa and Canada. I have worked as a Social Support Worker for Rwandan Genocide survivors in Montréal and Ottawa. I worked in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa, and was involved in health policy and evaluation work during the same period. I am personally disheartened that resolve is not brought to this conflict several years after I lived in neighbouring Ethiopia. While there are no quick fixes to complex situations, I am frustrated that this conflict is unresolved.
Third, I am aware of the links between war and illness, which is a further reason for *serious* global action to resolve this conflct. I am involved with the AIDS movement in Canada and internationally, and see first hand the impacts of war. For a time I was involved with the Canadian Council for Refugees, and I am knowledgeable about refugee and immigrant health issues; these are subject of my doctoral research in Population Health.
I applaud and support you in your advocacy/lobby efforts to bring about a cease to violence and human rights violations.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss in further detail.
Green Party of Canada
Candidate for Charlottetown