The New Killing Fields

In what can only, sadly, be called a taste of what is to come, the United Nations reported Thursday that militia attacks on refugee camps in Sudan’s Darfur region this week killed scores of civilians, including 27 children under the age of 12. Unless we take concrete steps to prevent the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes with a horrific sense of inevitability, these numbers will pale in comparison to what is to come. The refugee camps will become the new killing fields. It is so past time that we ask ourselves: What do we owe strangers by virtue of our shared humanity?

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