May 7, 2008

Obama helping to bring peace to Niger delta

In between campaign appearances, Barack Obama has laid out a plan for a cease-fire and negotiations between the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the government of Nigeria.

Although you wouldn't know it from coverage by most of the U.S. media. The Obama campaign is apparently playing it down as well, although violence in the Niger delta, which supplies around one-tenth of U.S. oil imports, has contributed to the recent price rises.

MEND announced over the past weekend that it was eager to work with Obama's plan, saying how much they respect him. They also looked forward to former President Jimmy Carter acting as mediator. The Carter Center confirmed last night that Carter has accepted the task, which seems to confirm that MEND is not making it all up.

tags: human rights