The regime in which Hamad serves has ruled Sudan with an iron fist since its coup in 1989. It's time for a real peace process that can set forth the terms of peaceful democratic change. The Sudanese people are in the streets, resiliently calling for change.
In medicine, we are taught to examine a patient by first looking and then palpating (or touching). Next, we percuss (a gentle knocking on the patient which often is not needed) and then we auscultate (or listen with our stethoscope). The routine is unconscious after doing it enough.
The future of the CAR is naturally uncertain. For the country to become capable of controlling its destiny and asserting its sovereignty by preventing armed militias from entering its land, Séléka must avoid the mistakes of its predecessor.
Nothing beats having fun in medicine and helping a child get through a potentially painful procedure. Was it Bono in action on stage, a great song by an incredible band or a cool little gizmo that helped Mahmood and me get this test done?
Marion, age 3, was first registered in our malnutrition program. She was measured and found to be 90 centimeters tall and was only 9.9 kilograms. For her to be moderately malnourished she had to be at least 11 kilograms.
President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Chad this coming weekend to participate in the Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. The Sudanese president is subject to two arrest warrants for atrocities committed against his own people in Darfur.
For now, France has achieved its objectives, at minimal costs and to general acclaim. But the crisis is not over. As it unfolds, France will find that it is unable to influence the course of events as decisively as it has in weeks past.
If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.