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Darfur Round-Up

22 Jan

While Sudan and Zambia battle in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, several thousand students at Khartoum universities demonstrate against the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip , and the President of Sudan Defends Top Job For Darfur War-Crimes Suspect. The meaning of Not on Our Watch becomes muddy.

Democracy: A Key to Peace In Sudan – Most recent report from Enoughs Project’s John Prendergast and Roger Winter.

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Posted by on January 22, 2008 in Bookmarks, Enough, genocide, The Sudan

 

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  1. Alex Kane

    January 30, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Read, re-print or link to this original report on Darfur,

    “A Hunger For Home: Stranded in the Desert, Darfur’s Refugees Live with an Endless War,”

    This original report for The Indypendent, and touching on-the-ground report on the Darfur by award-winning journalist, Nicholas Powers, of the Indypendent! The piece is a first person account of time spent in Darfur, with vivid portraits of the people that are suffering the most from this conflict that you won’t find in mainstream media.

    Photos and Text By Nicholas Powers

    From the edge of her village in eastern Darfur, she
    saw helicopters over the huts, turning and shooting at
    the people below. Fatime ran over hills, across dry
    river beds, around bush. She ran with family away from
    the fading gunfire.

    The sun rose and fell, spinning their shadows like a
    needle on a broken compass. They walked on swollen
    feet, breathed though dry throats, watched the
    horizon. Someone shouted. Men on horses trotted into
    the open, pulled the reins and galloped toward Fatime.

    Lost in Translation
    I learned about Darfur in 2006. On TV, sorrow-creased
    faces begged for help. It reminded me of flooded New
    Orleans, families on roofs reaching up for rescue. It
    took a day to buy a ticket to New Orleans and be
    there, giving out food and picking up stories. It took
    almost two years to stomp the water and screams out of
    my mind.

    I taped a map of North Africa over my bed and studied
    Darfur. The war appeared in the media in 2004 but it
    had begun in the 1890s when the English drew borders
    that boxed the Arab north and African south inside the
    same nation now known as Sudan. The English developed
    the north but left the south a desert. After Sudan
    gained its independence in 1956, the Arabs saw
    themselves a degree better than the Africans, and
    since then both have fought over the identity of the
    nation. In between the rounds of war, old rituals
    continued. Each season, Arab herders drove cattle to
    the southern region of Darfur, where Fur, Masaaleit
    and Zaghawa tribes welcomed them. The cattle
    fertilized soil and helped carry supplies. In 2003, a
    drought in the North dried wells, turning earth to
    sand and forcing Arab herders south. They wanted more
    than grazing for cattle; they wanted new land.

    Rifles were handed out to African tribesmen. Anger
    crystallized into rebel groups, among them the
    Sudanese Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality
    Movement. After the rebels raided a military outpost,
    the Arabdominated government, flush with oil money,
    bought weapons for the Arab herders creating a militia
    we now know as the Janjaweed. They galloped into
    villages; shooting men down, ripping women apart,
    stuffing bodies into wells or ravines. Refugees fled
    to the neighboring nations of Chad and the Central
    African Republic. In the years that followed, 2.5
    million people were driven from their homes and up to
    255,000 were killed.

    For more, check out
    http://www.indypendent.org/2008/01/12/a-hunger-for-home-stranded-in-the-desert-darfur's-refugees-live/

     

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