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Sudan resumes civilian destruction in West Darfur

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Reports from journalists and humanitarian organizations on the ground
north of el-Geneina make clear that Khartoum and its Janjaweed militia
proxies have resumed large-scale assaults on towns and villages

By Eric Reeves

February 19, 2008 — The international community seems unable to comprehend the overwhelming
urgency of the security crisis for civilians and humanitarians north of
el-Geneina in West Darfur. Over the past few days, the Khartoum regime
has resumed the brutal campaign north of el-Geneina that began on
February 8, 2008 (see my February 12, 2008 analysis of these initial
assaults, http://www.sudanreeves.org/Article204.html). Many tens of
thousands of civilians have been displaced; more than 12,000 have been
forced to flee to Chad, where efforts to provide humanitarian assistance
are encountering a range of severe challenges. And ominously, there are
several reports that many hundreds of children remain unaccounted for.
The UN’s Integrated Regional Information Network reports:

“‘There are an unknown number of children aged 12-18 who are missing,
especially boys. Nobody knows what has happened to these children,’
Naqibullah Safi, head of UNICEF for West Darfur said.” (UN IRIN
[dateline: Nairobi], February 14, 2008)

Given Khartoum’s and the Janjaweed’s well-established pattern of
executing younger males on an ethnic basis---the people in this area
north of el-Geneina are primarily from the non-Arab (or African)
Massaleit and Erenga tribal groups---there is compelling reason to
believe that many of these children have been murdered.

Even as the humanitarian communities in West Darfur and Eastern Chad
struggle with previous violence against civilians, Khartoum is preparing
to extend its brutal campaign. UN Under-secretary for Humanitarian
Affairs John Holmes yesterday (February 18, 2008) made clear in a public
statement just how ominous the future of this tortured region now
appears:

“[A]s the Government [of Sudan] has reportedly now banned all
[humanitarian] flights to areas north of El Geneina for the next three
days, further efforts to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground
are limited. Reports from [West] Darfur, including reports of Sudanese
Air Force and affiliated militia massing in the area and renewed aerial
bombardment on the villages at the base of Jebel Moun today, indicate
another wave of violence is imminent.”

The scale of human risk and trauma is also conveyed in Holmes’
statement:

“Rapid assessments have revealed severe consequences from the violence
for some 160,000 civilians in the northern corridor connecting El
Geneina and Kulbus, including the 20,000 currently at risk in Jebel
Moun. The civilian population has experienced widespread displacement,
property damage, and significant trauma and loss of life. Approximately
57,000 civilians were displaced due to the offensive. Along with
countless homes, many compounds of non-governmental organizations have
been looted or destroyed. Thousands of civilians have arrived in already
overstretched Internally Displaced Persons camps near El Geneina or
across the border into neighbouring Chad.”

160,000 civilians almost completely cut off from humanitarian
assistance, and humanitarian organizations facing a flight ban. Many
humanitarian compounds are a shambles. 57,000 civilians violently
displaced, a number that grows rapidly by the day. And 20,000 civilians
are in the Jebel Moun area, the clear site of Khartoum’s next military
assault. Yesterday Khartoum bombed nearby Aro Sharow, home to a camp
for displaced persons that was brutally assaulted by the Janjaweed in
September 2005 (see below). This action comes as well-placed UN sources
indicate they expect Khartoum to extend its brutal campaign further
north in the next day or two.

These are the actions of a regime that feels it will face no significant
consequences. The regime is also no doubt attempting to accgenocidal campaign prior to deployment of the European Union force
(EUFOR) to Eastern Chad and before the UN/African Union Mission in
Darfur (UNAMID) can gather the military muscle to extend itself to this
particularly remote and insecure area of Darfur. But nothing does more
to convince Khartoum that it may act with impunity than continuing
diplomatic support and protection from the Chinese government. We have
long since reached the point in the Darfur genocide in which China must
bear primary international responsibility for enabling a campaign of
human destruction and displacement that has now entered its sixth year.

Meanwhile, a good deal more evidence is emerging indicating the extent
of Khartoum’s involvement in supporting Chadian rebels groups in their
attack on N’Djamena (February 1-3, 2008) in an effort to topple the
regime of Idriss Déby. Regional sources indicate that Khartoum’s
coordination and supplying of the rebel groups was extremely extensive.
The coup attempt by these Khartoum-backed rebels groups has left much of
Eastern Chad in a highly precarious position, further threatening
Darfuri refugees as well as Chadian displaced persons

Even as the scale of previous town and village destruction in Darfur is
emerging more fully, tens of thousands of civilians are moving or
preparing to move in the face of renewed ground and air onslaught---and
will seek refuge in Chad. At the same time, Khartoum-supplied Janjaweed
militia forces are coordinating with the regime’s regular forces, and
again engaging in the brutal predations that have displaced so many in
the course of the Darfur genocide.

THE PAST AS PRESENT

It has become a deadly and misleading commonplace to argue that the
Darfur genocide ended after the most intense phase of
ethnically-targeted violence against civilians (2003-2004). In fact,
violent assaults by the Khartoum regime’s Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and
its Janjaweed militia proxies never ended, although such a large
percentage of African villages have been destroyed that relatively few
targets of opportunity remain. Even so, Khartoum launched a major
offensive in North Darfur in August 2006 (the same month the UN
authorized, but did not deploy, 22,500 civilian police and troops in a
peace support operation designed to protect vulnerable civilians and
humanitarians). A great deal of civilian destruction and displacement
ensued, even as Khartoum’s military forces were badly battered by rebel
forces, especially what was known at the time as the “Group of 19
Commanders.”

Even more consequentially, camps for internally displaced persons have
gradually become primary targets for Janjaweed assaults, beginning with
the destruction of Aro Sharow camp (West Darfur) in September 2005. At
the time, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the AU Commission on Darfur, referred to the attack on
Aro Sharow (also Aru Sharu) and offered a grim snapshot of genocidal
violence in a surprisingly blunt press release:

“On 28 September 2005, just four days ago, some reportedly 400 Janjaweed
Arab militia on camels and horseback went on the rampage in Aru Sharo,
Acho, and Gozmena villages in West Darfur. Our reports also indicate
that the day previous, and indeed on the actual day of the attack,
Government of Sudan helicopter gunships were observed overhead. This
apparent coordinated land and air assault gives credence to the repeated
claim by the rebel movements of collusion between the Government of
Sudan forces and the Janjaweed/Arab militia. This incident, which was
confirmed not only by our investigators but also by workers of
humanitarian agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the area,
took a heavy toll resulting in 32 people killed, 4 injured and 7
missing, and about 80 houses/shelters looted and set ablaze.”

“The following day, a clearly premeditated and well rehearsed combined
operation was carried out by the Government of Sudan military and police
at approximatelyDisplaced Persons (IDP) camp in North Darfur. The Government of Sudan
forces used approximately 41 trucks and 7 land cruisers in the operation
which resulted in a number of deaths, massive displacement of civilians,
and the destruction of several houses in the surrounding areas as well
as some tents in the IDP camps. Indeed, the remains of discharged
explosive devices were found in the IDP camp. During the attack,
thousands from the township and the IDP camp and many humanitarian
workers were forced to seek refuge near the AU camp for personal safety
and security.”

Kingibe reported on other attacks on civilians as well:

“On 18 September 2005, simultaneous attacks at Khartoum Djadeed,
Sandego, Khasantongur, Tary, Martal and Djabain resulted in the death of
12 civilians, 5 seriously wounded, and the displacement of about 4,000
civilians. Heavy and small weapons mounted on vehicles were reportedly
used by the Government of Sudan, in close coordination with about 300
Janjaweed Arab militia. Most of the displaced people moved to ZamZam and
Tawilla Internally Displaced Persons camps.” (Transcript of press
conference by Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, Special Representative of
the Chairperson of the AU Commission on Darfur, Khartoum, October 1,
2005)

Juan Mendez, at the time UN special advisor on the prevention of
genocide, declared of the attack on Aro Sharow: “Until last week, there
have never been concerted, massive attacks of an indiscriminate nature
against civilians in camps in Darfur” (Washington Post, October 10,
2005). As many as 5,000 displaced civilians were forced to flee Aro
Sharow, their flimsy shelters were destroyed, and dozens were killed.
Subsequently there have been larger Janjaweed attacks on the camps, and
Janjaweed presence around the camps is the greatest source of civilian
insecurity.

THE PRESENT AS FUTURE

Violence against Aro Sharow (approximately 75 kilometers north of
el-Geneina) has not ended. Extremely well-placed sources within the
humanitarian community report that on the morning of February 18, 2008
five bombs were dropped on Aro Sharow. The population that had remained
in or returned to Aro Sharow has now fled to mountainous Jebel Moun to
the east; but these same humanitarian sources report that Khartoum’s
bombing appears to be following the civilians into the Jebel Moun area.
Reuters reports [dateline: el-Geneina, West Darfur], February 18, 2008):
“Convoys of trucks full of soldiers and armed police have been seen
along the road north of el-Geneina.” UN sources indicate confidentially
that there is full expectation that these troops and aerial attacks will
focus on the 20,000 extremely vulnerable civilians in the Jebel Moun
area.

The presence of unconstrained Janjaweed militia forces is indisputable,
despite Khartoum’s absurd claim that they are “bandits” and beyond their
control. A Reuters dispatch from Kondobe town (between el-Geneina and
the primary targets of the current campaign that began further north in
the area of Silea, Sirba, and Abu Suruj) reports:

“Survivors of the attacks [in the Silea, Sirba, Abu Suruj area] speak of
khaki-clad camel and horseback militia they call Janjaweed who stole,
raped and killed before the army entered and drove them away. Sudan’s
army said these were criminal gangs who took advantage of the offensive
to loot and denied any links to them. In Kondobe, locals pointed out men
on horses and camels roaming through the town market in broad daylight
and said they were the looters. Some of the riders wore green army
uniforms and carried rifles. When asked, they said they were civilians.”
(February 18, 2008)

How many real civilians have been displaced in a campaign evidently
designed to displace or destroy both rebels and the entire civilian
population north of el-Geneina? The UN now estimates 57,000 have been
displaced, though that number is rising rapidly. Still, the number is
much lower than the rebel figure of 200,000 (unfortunately a figure
misleadingly reported by Reuters on February 10, 2008 without indication
of source). But more than a week after the first round of assaults on
Silea, almost 25,000 had fled this town alone:

“Crammed into school buildings in the centre of Suleia, just 200 out of
the West Darfur town’s original 25,000 population were left after an
attack by militia and the Sudanese army.” (Reuters [dateline: Suleia,
West Darfur], February 14, 2008)

A great deal more human flight is occurring even now, and will continue
until Khartoum is compelled to halt its attacks.

KHARTOUM’S MILITARY OFFENSIVE SPILLS INTO CHAD

Even beyond Sudan’s borders, the effects of Khartoum’s current military
offensive against civilians and rebels are extremely dire, and threaten
to push Chad and Sudan closer to war. But the consequences for
civilians are most conspicuous. The UN High Commission for Refugees
declared today (February 19, 2008) in Geneva:

“The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday it had withdrawn a team
caring for refugees from the Chad/Darfur border after fresh aerial
bombing in the conflict-riven Sudanese province. ‘Aerial bombardment
overnight and this morning in West Darfur, Sudan, close to the border
with Chad, has forced UNHCR to withdraw its team caring for newly
arrived refugees in the Birak area [just over the border in Chad] away
from the insecure border,’ spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told
journalists. [ ] ‘More arrivals are still expected and with the fresh
bombing we can expect more displacement in West Darfur,’ Pagonis said.”
(Agence France-Press [dateline: Geneva], February 19, 2008)

Confidential sources report that the bombing near Birak has been
extremely intense, and the situation on the ground is highly unstable,
with the possibility of a dramatic downturn.

At the same time, the Chadian regime of the increasingly embattled
Idriss Déby has refused to give permission to move these newest and most
vulnerable Darfuri refugees to safer camps further away from the border:

“On 11 February [2008] Chadian Prime Minister Nouradine Delwa Kassiré
Coumakoye said the government [of Chad] would refuse entry to any new
Sudanese refugees. ‘We cannot admit any more,’ the prime minister said.
He also called on the international community to move all 240,000
Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad to another country. ‘It is because of
them that we have the problems we have today,’ he said referring to the
current armed rebellion.” (UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
[dateline: N’Djamena], February 15, 2008)

This is at once unspeakably callous and deeply disingenuous. The Déby
regime knows full well that there is no “other country” to which the
Darfur refugees can be moved; and it knows just as well that to deny
entry to refugees from the latest fighting in Darfur is to consign these
people to intolerable suffering and an unconscionable number of deaths.

The consequences of failing to engage forcefully with Chad in the
context of the Darfur crisis, with a clear set of political, military,
and humanitarian demands are all too clear. And they reveal the poverty
of international---and especially French---efforts to deal with the
complex claims of legitimate civil society opposition, the threats posed
by military insurrection and a “hot war” with Sudan, and the
overwhelmingly urgent needs of more than 500,000 refugees and Internally
Displaced Persons in Eastern Chad. French support for Déby during the
recent Chadian rebel attack on N’Djamena is looking more and more like a
resumption of the “Francafrique” policy of supporting African dictators
on a wholly expedient basis.

At the same time that the Chadian government was officially denying
access to Darfuri refugees, the UN High Commission for Refugees
reported:

“Efforts by the UN Refugee Agency [UNHCR] in eastern Chad to move
newly-arrived Sudanese refugees from West Darfur to camps away from the
volatile border were blocked by an unknown armed group, according to an
agency spokeswoman. ‘This is deeply concerning and weffort with the Chadian authorities to get these refugees moved quickly,’
UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a press briefing in Geneva
on 15 February [2008]. Pagonis said 70 percent of the 8,000 new arrivals
are women and children. The refugees are scattered near the border, east
of the town of Guereda. They are ‘exhausted’ and ‘in very poor
condition,’ she added. ‘Women report being raped. Children have been
separated from their families.’”

“The UNHCR spokeswomen did not say whether the combatants who stopped
aid workers from moving the new refugees were acting under orders of the
government. ‘They gave no reason for their actions but it was clear the
relocation would not take place,’ Pagonis said. She said the UNHCR
representative in Chad was currently at the border, ‘trying to find a
solution to this problem which is leaving the refugees extremely exposed
and vulnerable.’ ‘The area is highly insecure with roaming armed groups
posing a real threat to the refugees and aid workers,’ Pagonis said.”
(UN Integrated Regional Information Networks [dateline: N’Djamena],
February 15, 2008)

Reuters reported from N’Djamena (February 15, 2008):

“UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said armed men stopped a group of families
from boarding its trucks in the Birak border area [to which most Darfuri
refugees fled] this week and other refugees due to be collected had
moved away for fear of attacks by Sudanese militias. ‘We are very
disturbed that in eastern Chad on Tuesday [February 13, 2008] our
efforts to move traumatised, newly-arrived refugees from West Darfur
away from the volatile border to camps was blocked by the presence of
unknown armed elements,’ UNHCR said in a statement.”

Déby must be given a strong, credible, and immediate warning about the
consequences for his international standing if he fails to facilitate
both refugee accommodation and humanitarian movements. Moreover,
Chadian authorities should expedite resumed movement of humanitarian
supplies into Eastern Chad, as critical shortfalls are developing.
Oxfam, for example, has again warned about the water crisis that is
impending if fuel for pumping stations is not delivered soon. This
threatens more than 100,000 civilians in refugee camps where the
organization works. Addressing European foreign ministers meeting in
Brussels on February 18, 2008,

“Oxfam said supply routes to the camps [in Eastern Chad] had been closed
and that only two weeks’ worth of fuel supplies for vital water plants
was left.
‘We have all the elements for a huge humanitarian crisis rapidly
developing in Chad,’ said Nick Roseveare, Oxfam’s director for West
Africa. ‘Europe must act rapidly before things get worse.’ ‘Europe needs
to call for a ceasefire in Chad to protect beleaguered civilians and
increase diplomatic efforts to secure peace,’ he said in a statement
before the Brussels meeting.
Oxfam said camps in eastern Chad were unable to cope with a fresh wave
of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Darfur.” (Reuters
[dateline: Dakar], February 18, 2008)

With these developments as context, the belatedly deploying EUFOR must
secure the humanitarian corridor between N’Djamena and Eastern Chad as
rapidly as possible, and provide near term improvement in security in
the most threatened areas along the Chad/Darfur border, especially north
of el-Geneina and in the Goz Beida area to the south.

WILL UNAMID ARRIVE IN TIME?

West Darfur provides a grim portrait of the future of Darfur without
expedited deployment of UNAMID---authorized by the UN Security Council
over half a year ago, even as Resolution 1769 passed in the context of a
clear framework of well-known military and civilian police personnel
needs, as well as large-scale resource needs. And yet there is only the
smallest measurable progress in providing security for civilians and
humanitarians. Reuters and Associated Press have filed encouraging
dispatches from several locations, including Mukjadisplaced persons, Krinding Camp near el-Geneina, and Abu Shouk Camp
near el-Fasher. Some individual commanders within UNAMID are taking
initiative in a fashion that stands in sharp contrast to the inert and
ineffectual African Union Mission in Darfur (AMIS). There are more
night patrols in some regions, more protection of women seeking firewood
around some of the camps, and in places an aggressive posture vis-à-vis
combatants, including Khartoum’s forces and the Janjaweed. The
potential for much greater results is clear.

And yet the larger security pictured is still defined by comments
recently issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and head of UN
Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Last month Guéhenno declared in a
briefing of the Security Council that “there has been ‘a grave
deterioration of the security situation’ [in Darfur] since his last
briefing to the council a month ago [December 2007]” (Associated Press
[dateline: UN/New York], January 9, 2008). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
spoke at the same time of “‘the ongoing deteriorating situation in
Darfur’” (Reuters [dateline: UN/New York], January 7, 2008).

Today the most important assessments come from UNAMID commanders on the
ground in Darfur, especially the outspoken commander for West Darfur,
Balla Keita of Senegal:

“The United Nations must deploy more troops quickly in west Sudan’s
war-torn Darfur region, even without their full equipment, or risk
losing Darfuris’ trust, a senior UN commander said on Saturday [February
16, 2008]. The most important first step for the UN-funded peacekeeping
mission is to give displaced Darfuris confidence that the troops will
protect them, said Balla Keita, the UN-AU commander of West Darfur, the
most volatile part of the region.” [ ]

“The new mission was set up after months of argument with the Sudanese
government, which has said a majority of contingents must be African and
rejected several other contributors. ‘If everybody is waiting to be
fully equipped according to UN standards it’s going to take too long,’
Keita, a Senegalese, told Reuters. ‘The countries in the UN need to be
more flexible on standards and just focus on sending troops to reinforce
what is on the ground so we can ... deliver something that the Darfuri
people can see,’ he added.” (Reuters [dateline: el-Geneina], February
16, 2008)

As an especially telling example, one of many, Keita cited the
commitment from his native Senegal:

“Senegal, which has pledged a further battalion to the Darfur force,
needs Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) from South Africa which will
take six months to arrive, [Keita] said.”

But battalions are urgently needed now, not six months from now, as
Keita emphasizes:

“‘In 2-3 months if we don’t change the situation, maybe we will start
seeing these people just having the same perception they have had with
[the African Union mission in Darfur] and I think it’s not good,’ the
Senegalese commander said. ‘The initial reputation of the
mission---that is the main challenge.’” (Reuters [dateline: el-Geneina],
February 16, 2008)

This emphasis on near-term results has also been emphasized by UN
peacekeeping head Guéhenno, and this more than anything accounts for
Khartoum’s ongoing and resolute obstruction of UNAMID. The issues by
which the regime works to delay UNAMID continually change, according to
well-placed observers within the UN; but the net result is a rate of
deployment that clearly threatens to undermine UNAMID’s potential to
establish rapidly a reputation for effectiveness.

Khartoum is succeeding in this war of attrition on UNAMID deployment
because China refuses to countenance strong action at the United
Nations, and European countries refuse to impose penalties on Khartoum
for its enormously destructive obduracy. (There is no effort, for
example, to impose monetary sanctions on Khartoum, as the US has done
with the dollar, even as denial of the Euro as a currency of second
resort would be immediately and severely punishing of Khartoum’s
génocidaires.) A revealing recent instance of the regime’s wide-ranging
obstructionism is Khartoum’s objection to the appointment of a British
army officer as chief-of-staff to UNAMID Force Commander Martin Agwai of
Nigeria:

“Sudan has raised objections to the appointment of a British army
officer as chief-of-staff to the joint UN/African Union peacekeeping
force in Darfur, a UN official said on Thursday [February 14, 2008]. The
officer had been made military chief of staff to the force commander of
the UN/AU mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Martin Luther Agwai, who is
Nigerian, a spokesman for the peacekeepers said. [ ] The British officer
has not been named but is understood to be a well-respected senior
officer with experience of operating in Africa.” (Reuters [dateline:
Khartoum], February 14, 2008)

Khartoum’s objection to the choice of chief-of-staff by the senior
UNAMID commander on the ground in Darfur is consistent with Khartoum’s
refusal to accept a UN-proposed roster of troop- and civilian
police-contributing countries, insisting instead that contributions be
exclusively from African countries or countries of its own selection
(e.g., close allies China and Pakistan). Particularly critical to
UNAMID deployment are a Thai battalion and special forces units from
Nepal; the latter in particular would expand the reach of regular UNAMID
battalions that must now operate only within a secure area to which
ground reinforcements can quickly deploy in the event of armed conflict.
Khartoum refuses to accept either country’s force and has already
succeeded in forcing a critical Norwegian/Swedish engineering battalion
to withdraw its offer to deploy to Darfur, leaving a gaping hole in
engineering capacity and specialization on the ground.

CHINA

Khartoum’s motives in attacking north from el-Geneina are ostensibly to
clear the area of rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM),
which in December 2007-January 2008 had taken the towns that have borne
the brunt of the current campaign. The rebels were in many ways
irresponsible in taking towns they could not hold, and abandoning them
as a military response began, leaving civilians to bear the full brunt
of Khartoum’s vengeful wrath. Earlier JEM threats to seize el-Geneina
were particularly provocative and irresponsible (such seizure would have
produced an overnight halt in humanitarian operations for much of West
Darfur, certainly in the el-Geneina area).

But such actions and threats can in no way excuse Khartoum’s massive,
indiscriminate attack on civilians, and targets known to have only
civilian populations. These attacks, in the absence of resisting
combatants, are nothing less than deliberate, ethnically-targeted
destruction of the non-Arab people who have been, nearly exclusively,
the victims of the onslaught. The same will be true as Khartoum’s
campaign proceeds into the Jebel Moun area, where 20,000 civilians have
fled to or live. Within this mountainous region (a JEM stronghold) they
are now exposed to unconstrained military assault.

Khartoum’s timing in this campaign has much to do with the impending
deployment of EUFOR in Eastern Chad, with a base just across the border
from el-Geneina---and with the possibility that international pressure
may finally compel the regime to accept the expedited deployment that
UNAMID commander for West Darfur Balla Keita has so urgently called for.
The National Islamic Front leadership in Khartoum wishes to accomplish
as much as possible of its genocidal business before facing the
possibility of military action by truly capable forces.

But only the sense of impunity deriving from Beijing’s unstinting
provision of diplomatic protection convinces Khartoum that it can act as
it does without consequences. China disingenuously insists that it is
helping on Darfur, going through the various motions of diplomatic
activity and token contributions of humanitarian aid. It has, to its
credit, also committed to providing some 300 engno soldiers or police. But China has provided no significant logistical
support or substantial military equipment to UNAMID, even as Beijing
continues to provide, without conditions, significant new amounts of
armaments and advanced weapons to Khartoum. Much of this inevitably
ends up in Darfur, despite a UN arms embargo on Darfur imposed by UN
Security Council Resolution 1591 (March 2005).

Despite these patent facts, Beijing strenuously objects to those who
point out the intolerable contradiction between China’s enabling role in
Darfur and its hosting of the Summer 2008 Olympic Games. But the
essential political and moral reality before the international community
could not be clearer: Beijing is at once host to the premier event in
international sports, even as it is complicit in the ultimate
international crime. This summer’s Games seem destined be known as the “Genocide Olympics.”

For despite glib skepticism, genocide proceeds apace in Darfur. If now
with different patterns, the means are too often terrifyingly familiar,
as West Darfur forces us to see. Khartoum’s actions of the past two
weeks make clear that in the absence of robust international action, in
particular by China, we will move steadily closer to a course of
irreversible and cataclysmic human destruction.

* Eric Reeves is author of A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide. He can be reached at ereeves@smith.edu. www.sudanreeves.org



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  • 23 February 2008 02:28, by DarfurVictory

    No Fly Zoon is needed on Darfur to stop the government of Sudan and its militias from mass killing and bombing villiges in Darfur.
    Let’s all talk about applying the "No Fly Zoon" by the United Nation’s Security Council to make ease for the UNAMID peacekeeping forces.

    repondre message

  • 5 March 2008 07:42, by Sihs

    i think your articles are very long and to some extent biased , you tend to repeat the same statements.
    I hope you approach the problem with all of it`s complicated venues rather than keep repeating the same words.

    repondre message



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Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


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