It is already happening---Darfuris are dying---directly as a result of President Bashir's expulsion of the humanitarian organizations. Meningitis, a highly contagious disease, is spreading through one of Darfur's largest camps for the internally displaced, Kalma, home to 90,000.
The consequences are nearly unfathomable. In the last 48 hours, Sudan has expelled 16 international aid organizations from Darfur.
I bet there are some women at the Farchana Refugee Camp in eastern Chad dancing today. When I was there last fall, some of the Darfuri refugees told me that "old women would get up and dance" if Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's rogue President and "mastermind" of the genocide in Darfur, was arrested.
As Senior Coordinator of PHR's Health Action AIDS East Africa Program, I get frequent opportunities to be in the field and connect with amazing human rights activists from the region. Last week in Kigali, Rwanda, I met with two incredible young doctors - Dr. Davis Kashake Karengya and Dr. Charles Ntare - who have devoted their careers to human rights advocacy, with a specific focus on ending violence and torture in Rwanda.