A Genocide in Sudan: Conditions are getting worse in Sudan, Powell stops short of taking action, and the UN is in a stalemate
This blog which is fully dedicated to raising awareness of the Sudanese Genocide. Whoever has been writing it has been so selfless as to not mentioning their name. Please: read it, spread what it is says, and link to it. Help spread the news about the Genocide in Sudan. Time is running out.From BBC Sudan:Screams of Sudan's starving refugees
The 15-month long conflict in Sudan's western province of Darfur has produced what the United Nations is calling "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
A pro-government Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed, is accused of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the black African population there. Hilary Andersson has been to one of the Darfur refugee camps
A BBC Africa correspondent reports on the Genocide in Sudan:
It makes you want to scream to see it--------------------
I have seen a family's one bowl of rotting food crawling with insects. Seen a starving child being washed in water dirtied with his own blood. Seen stick-thin infants covered in excrement and throwing up their food because they are too weak to eat it.
Starvation is a horror. It is a slow and painful way of dying.
Mothers have to watch their children suffering terribly in the process.
It makes you want to scream to see it.
Except you cannot because it is not your trauma, it is someone else's and they do the screaming.
It happens at night.
I say that because we kept hearing it. We stayed in a camp called Mornei for three nights, right next to a small tent.
The tent served as a clinic for the worst cases of children with severe malnutrition.
Some of the children who came into that tent daily looked barely alive.
Strangely, if you looked at any one of them for long enough they would look back with large, penetrating, angry eyes. It was haunting.
The tent stank. The temperature was over 40C (104F).
When the sun went down there came a slight relief.
But it was the minute drop of heat in the evenings that was killing the weakened children - their bodies too traumatised to cope with any change at all.
And so, after going to bed, at two or three in morning the darkness and silence would be abruptly cut through with the sound of an awful scream of anguish as a mother mourned her child's passing away.
That, at this awfully lonely hour, would start it all off. The donkeys would let rip tortured moans, the famished dogs would begin to howl.
And if ever there was a reason or place for the imagination to start working, it was this.
Terrifying thought process
One night when the wailing began, the stories from the day began circling in my head and I realised that these must be the same screams heard in the villages at the moment of attack by the Janjaweed - these were after all the same noises of catastrophe from the same people.
I began to imagine the gut-wrenching fear that the mothers must have felt when - having heard for months of villages nearby being burned - their turn came.
They are refugees, but they have found no safe refuge
All the houses on fire, their neighbours screaming and running, their children scattering in the chaos, running past dead bodies on their way out of the village, not knowing if their husbands were alive or dead.
Sleeping perhaps under a tree. Walking the next morning with no shelter, no family in the middle of a desert.
Then ending up in the nearest town, only to find everyone else there half-starved.
It is a terrifying thought process - made all the more real because, not a few hundred metres from where we slept, where the refugees sleep nightly, are the Janjaweed.
The very men who are tormenting the civilians by driving them from their villages are right in the middle of the camps, patrolling them by day, terrorising the women by night.
If the women try to go out of the camps to get food they face the real prospect of being killed, beaten or raped.
No-one has documented it precisely but probably thousands of women have been raped so far.
Can you imagine how frightened these people are? They are refugees, but they have found no safe refuge.
There is a lot more to said about Darfur. But one of the most galling thoughts is this.
These people do not have to be starving. There is not a major drought, there is a war.
This situation has been brought about by men.
The men involved are the Janjaweed militia and the Sudanese government which has admitted to backing the militia in parts of this war - though the government also says it cannot control them.
It is not a war as we know it; it is the mass punishment of the people
Either way, the destruction of Darfur is a massive reprisal against a black Darfur rebel group - the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) - which is fighting for greater representation for the region.
Fair enough, fight the rebel group - you might say. Governments cannot just ignore rebellions on their territory, and militias will be militias.
For the sake of argument, let us be generous to the armies here - that is war.
But why take it out on the mothers, the children, the old men, the civilians?
That is the evil of what is happening in Darfur.
These are the facts: children are starving to death because of a fight between a group of powerful, well-armed, dirty fighting men - who are grown-ups.
And many more will die before this is over.
Passion of The Present Reports:On the diplomatic level there seems to be a stalemate. The Sudanese government denies its guilt. Both the US and the UN talk tough but ultimately dance around the genocide issue in hopes of getting the Sudanese government to help its own people.
The US is circulating a draft UN Security Council resolution placing sanctions on the Arab militias, and mandating review of the situation in 30 days if the "atrocities" are not stopped. Unfortunately, the proposed UN draft does not call the situation "genocide," does not address the complicity of the Sudanese government, and does not call for a UN peacekeeping force to protect the victims.
30 days is too late, I do not exaggerate when I say that every second we waste, the closer we get to the largest humanitarian disaster in history. While we've been busying ourselves with Powells visit, this is what is happening in the rest of sudan:
I deeply appreciate the following blogs for helping spread the story of the Sudanese Genocide. I humbly ask them to link to passion of the present, and continue in helping spread this story. This list is very short... and I can't force anyone to do anything. However, I'm willing to promote any site in anyway if it will someone to cover this story with us. All I ask is quick blirb or link, the world seems unaware, or in denial about this genocide. If our governments do not take direct action soon, a million innocent people will die at the hands of murders. There is so little time left, we bloggers can at least raise public awareness of the story. Again, my deepest thanks to the blogs below, if I forgot someone who has linked to me, let me know I will add you your blog.
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