The wild card in Sudan's civil war is a "lake of oil" that happens to ooze just beneath the surface of some of the most contested real estate on the face of the earth.
In a makeshift camp of some 2,000 refugees fleeing one of the most recent spasms of violence in Sudan's long civil war, a baby born Tuesday morning may face the bleakest prospects of all.
For 13 years, families have clung to the squatter camp of Shikla, a place where toddlers suck on hypodermic needles they fish out of stagnant pools of sewage and trash.
For a society like Sudan's,which is officially committed to restricting women's rights, the Ahfad University for Women is nothing but trouble.
The oversized man in the camouflage fatigues, the guerrilla leader with a big say in whether Sudanends a brutal war, interrupts a midnight interview to put a football question to an American journalist:
If peace comes to Sudan,perhaps children like Awein Mayan will get help in time.
If they put on rallies like this back home, John Danforth might still be in politics.