|WHERE IS THE SECRETARY GENERAL'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
FOR DISPLACED PERSONS? HOW ABOUT HIS "COMPATRIOTS" IN DARFUR?
1 September 2004
His Excellency Ambassador (former) Francis Deng got very upset when a year ago we wondered what he
really did except issuing a statement reiterating an earlier statement by the Secretary General. Now
the question is what is he doing about one million people displaced in Darfur. It is not like searching
for a new formula for sliced bread. If his job is to deal with displaced people, shouldn't he have
been in the forefront of the Gaspacho team that encircled Kofi Annan in his futile search for that
elusive refugee camp? Why was that daunting task left to the forever puzzled Mohammed Sehnoun and
the fellow with African garb and outdated navigator sunglasses? Francis Deng is not just another
Ding or Dong. Seriously, he is a distinguished scholar and an experienced diplomat. He has a lot to
offer, if and when used in the right way and right place. What better role can he play than in his
native Africa and -- indeed -- his own native country. He was a distinguished Permanent Representative
of Sudan at the U.N. Why is he turning into an ineffective U.N. Special Representative? Take a stand
man. If not now, when?