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Mukesh Kapila

Mukesh Kapila (Photo: Keystone/Martial Trezzini/Associated Press)

Mukesh Kapila (Photo: Keystone/Martial Trezzini/Associated Press)

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This century is young, but already it has been stained with the blood of mass murder.

The world has stood by, unable -- or unwilling -- to stop the killing in Syria. Meanwhile, the genocidal legacy of Darfur continues unchecked in parts of Sudan. And still, the world remains silent.

Few people understand this better than Mukesh Kapila.

In March, 2003, he arrived in Khartoum as the new head of the United Nations in Sudan. At forty-eight, he was one of the youngest-ever to lead a prominent UN mission. And by all indications, his two-year tenure would preside over a historic and peaceful chapter in the country's history. The government was then close to signing a peace deal with rebels in Sudan's south that would finally end a decades-old civil war.

For some reading material, Mr. Kapila packed two reports into his luggage: one on the UN's failure in Rwanda, the other on Srebrenica. He was determined not to repeat the mistakes he witnessed in the past.

There was no way he could have known that in the coming year, he would be given a front-row seat to the first genocide of the twenty-first century. And that as head of the UN in Sudan, he would be powerless to stop it.

Mukesh Kapila's new book, Against a Tide of Evil, is published in Canada by Pegasus.

He joined us in our Calgary studio.


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