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July 1st, 2008
Questions for Aaron Brown

Heart of Darfur premieres tonight on WIDE ANGLE — check your local listings for air times.

After the film, the conversation continues online. Post your thoughts, questions and comments about the episode below. Host Aaron Brown and the WIDE ANGLE producers will post responses to a selection of questions throughout the week.

  • Professor Peter

    To Aaron Brown: If you want some better,or different, sources than N.Kristof,pls contact me.You have my e-mail; I will be happy to provide my website.thanks.

  • Fred Albuquerque

    Welcome Back, Aaron Brown. My wife and I missed you, your professional journalism and balanced approach. When we saw you were returning, from an article in the Times, we made sure we were there to watch your first appearance. We hope your time in Arizona was productive for you. We would have enjoyed listening to you in person. Thank you for bringing your sincere and calm intelligence, once again, to the public’s attention. We are avid viewers of PBS broadcasts and will continue to watch Wide-Angle. Our sister-in-law, Jane Wells is an active participant in bringing Darfur to the forefront of the world’s problems. We wish you conintued success with PBS and again, it is so refreshing to see you again. Thank you.

  • Harry Vann Phillips

    During my first visit to Darfur in October 2004 the size of the Abu Shouk camp outside El Fasher was about 25,000 people or so. On my second visit in March 2005 the camp seemed to have doubled in size. On my last visit in December in 2005 Abu Shouk had become a small urban center.

    What a difference from the Zam Zam camp on the other side of El Fasher. Zam Zam is/was a collection of ramshackle make shift dwellings built out of whatever material was available. In comparison, Abu Shouk looked like a pristine arrangement…which of course it is not.

    Many people in Darfur have died or been displaced. The tragedy is that the power to prevent this travesty resides with the government in Khartoum. It is a lack of political will on the part of civilian and military leadership in Khartoum and also on the part of the rebel groups that most significantly contributes to this ongoing debacle. In the meantime, the people of Darfur suffer.

    Thank you for an excellent report.

  • Pam

    This interview/report was so informative. I felt I had a much greater understanding of what role the Sudanese government and China play in this horrific situation.
    It was so very good to see Aaron Brown again.
    Thank you.

  • Lynn G.

    Aaron, welcome “home” to television :) It’s simply splendid to see you on air again!

    My questions:
    – what exactly is the Chinese interest in Sudan (as opposed to any other oil producing country)?
    – who is normally the counter-balance to China?
    – what would/could the Sudanese government do if non-Africans were part of the UN contingent?
    – who or what is holding up the assignment of the full complement of soldiers to the UN?
    – given the total international silence on this, what is the underlying issue that is preventing nations from getting involved? What is Sudan bringing to the table that makes it worthwhile to look the other way on the topic of Darfur?

    Thanks for being on the air again, and congratulations on an excellent first episode :) I’m going to enjoy this summer interlude!

  • Paul

    Professor Peter,

    Thanks very much for your comments. Wish I knew how to get ahold of you. Would like to see your material. This is clutching at a straw, but are you per chance from SFU?

  • Nancy Carothers

    Aaron, I just discovered you are doing Wide Angle. Although I missed it yesterday, I will be sure to see the next one because you are the best!! I’m so happy you are back on television! See you next week!

  • Diana

    I’ve missed you, Aaron. Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, the day you comforted me while I waited to hear if my niece was in the Twin Towers when they went down. (She wasn’t. She’d called in sick that day.)

    I’ve missed the news, too, especially now that cable is all politics all the time (sans issues) and the rest of the world has ceased to exist.

    So rest assured…I’ll be there for each and every episode of Wide Angle. My question about the Darfur episode is the same as Lynn’s: what is China’s interest in Sudan?

    Welcome back!

    Diana

  • Professor Peter

    To Paul #36.I don’t know what SFU is,but my website http://www.drbechtold.com has a contact space at the bottom.

  • Mike Eccles

    The Wide Angle stories are thought provoking and take the viewer beyond just the headline, something definitely missing from nearly all of the mainstream news. Aaron Brown was great when he was with CNN. He reported the facts of the news and asked the important and difficult questions of the newsmakers without the self serving dramatics and ranting and ravings like the Glen Becks, Rush Limbaughs, Hanity, and Bill O’Reilly. I miss that type of reporting. But the news media is merely reflecting America’s descent into the ignorant, childlike culture it has become, not to be bothered with the facts but rather only hear what makes them feel good or confirm what they want to believe. Mr. Brown we need you back.

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