John C. Danforth, a former U.S. Senator from Missouri, Special
Envoy for Peace in Sudan, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is
on the board of Refugees International. The following originally appeared on the Huffington Post.
Early in his presidency George
Bush saw an opportunity to end a long civil war in south Sudan, and in
2001 he asked me to be his special envoy. The war between north and
south Sudan had raged for over two decades, with two million dead and
over four million displaced. Many believed that peace would be
impossible to achieve. Yet on January 9, 2005 the government of Sudan
and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement (CPA).