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Darfur – a mess. The Sudanese government has the blood of the people on it’s hands.

14 Sep

Darfur Death Toll Is Hundreds of Thousands Higher Than Reported, Study Says

Kelly Hearn for National Geographic News September 14, 2006

United States government death toll estimates for the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan in Africa underestimate the count by hundreds of thousands of lost lives, according to a new study. Some experts estimate that the conflict between government-sponsored militias and rebel groups, which began in February 2003, has killed as many as 500,000 people so far

Clooney begs UN to act on Darfur

He told council members genocide was taking place “on your watch”, and how they responded would be their legacy. Mr Clooney was speaking at a special informal session hosted by the US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. Sudan has rejected a UN resolution authorising a 20,000-strong force for Darfur as an attack on its sovereignty. But the UN says violence and displacement have increased in Darfur, despite a May peace deal. Some 200,000 people have been killed and more than two million driven from their homes in three years of fighting

Darfur beset by another round of violent clashes and banditry, says UN mission

n South Darfur, the area around Buram remains inaccessible to humanitarian workers because of continued fighting, UN spokesman Yves Sorokobi told reporters at the daily press briefing in New York. There have also been continuing clashes between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups in West Darfur and North Darfur, according to UNMIS, although the number of casualties in either state is unconfirmed.

The clashes and banditry were reported one day after Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that Darfur is headed for a catastrophe unless the Sudanese Government changes its mind and allows UN peacekeepers to take over from the existing AU operation.

Mr. Annan told a press conference at UN Headquarters that the world faced a “big challenge” to ensure there was not a repeat of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The blood of the Sudanese people is in the hands of it’s leaders.

We must to all we can to provoke these leaders into action. In playing the political game we have not done enough, but ultimatley it is in the hands of the government of Sudan; it is the governement of the Sudan who will be held accountable.

Pressure ratchets up over Darfur

With time running out on the African Union’s peacekeeping force in Darfur, the United Nations may find out if the international community has the ability to stop renewed genocide.

A decade after the world looked on as hundreds of thousands of people died in Rwanda and Bosnia, Sudan’s region of Darfur is emerging as a test of whether the world can do better this time. Key governments are pressing Sudanese authorities in Khartoum to accept an extension of the African Union force’s mandate that runs out at the end of the month.

Such a move, international leaders hope, would give time for a more sizable UN force, already approved by the Security Council, to prepare and deploy.

But Khartoum so far shows no signs of giving in to international pressure, instead lambasting foreign intervention as neocolonialism, and commencing an offensive to take on rebel forces in the region.

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2 Comments

Posted by on September 14, 2006 in Bookmarks, genocide, The Sudan

 

2 responses to “Darfur – a mess. The Sudanese government has the blood of the people on it’s hands.

  1. chris

    October 19, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    what is the written policy ofr Sudan regarding children in armed conflict.

     
  2. alice

    October 19, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    If you are talking about the minimum age at which a child can participate in armed conflict I believe Sudan, as many countries in the developing world ascribes to the age of eighteen. I believe this was ratified in 2002 but I’d have to check.

    Official policies mean very little in Sudan in regard to
    Human life at least if appears that way when one views the activities there over the last twenty years.

    Despite this however Sudan is still one of the worse countries in the world for not only disregarding the above but for continuing to close a blind eye to the poor refugee children on the streets of Khartoum, and trafficking in children for sexual or other reasons, and preventing aid and basic healthcare from getting to the children in war torn regions.

     

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