Sleepless in Sudan

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, one of the few mainstream journos paying attention to Sudan, mentioned this blog in a recent column about Darfur. The anonymous author of Sleepless in Sudan, a self-described “extremely single” 31-year-old female aid worker, won’t identify herself further for fear of retribution from the Sudanese government, but her spelling indicates familiarity with the Queen’s English rather than the American variety. Sleepless in Sudan, like Riverbend’s Baghdad Burning blog, represents the best of what the Web can offer: a direct, uncensored look at what’s happening in a part of the world where cameras rarely go. “It’s hard to help when you’re ignorant about the issues involved,” she writes. We need these first-person accounts, at least until the press gets on the ball.