by Edmund Sanders
RUMBEK, Sudan -- When John Garang left Khartoum 22 years ago, he was a
fast-rising military officer in the Arab-led Sudanese Army sent to quell a
budding insurgency in his southern homeland.
Instead, Garang joined south Sudanese rebels and led them into Africa's
longest civil war, a struggle that has claimed the lives of at least 2
million people and displaced 4 million.
At 60, the former Marxist has outlasted three Arab governments in Khartoum,
crushed internal mutinies that threatened his leadership and formed an
alliance with the Christian right in the U.S. to pressure Sudan's Islamist
regime to end the war.
On Friday, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement made his
first visit to Khartoum since 1983 to attend today's scheduled inauguration
of a joint government that will make him president of a semiautonomous
southern region and vice president of Africa's largest country. More than a
million people lined the streets of the capital to greet him. . . .
"Bush's Sudan Policy Encourages War,
Hinders Peace ," The European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council, June 14,
"Sudan Slavery Propaganda Exposed,"
The European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council, May 15, 2003
Enver Masud, "Sudan, Oil, and the Darfur
Crisis," The Wisdom Fund, August 7, 2004
Sudan VP Garang dies," BBC News, August 1, 2005