Jewish World Review Oct. 13, 2005/ 10 Tishrei,
Murderous response to Sudan's New Era
On Sept. 28, the Associated Press, reporting on the increasing
violence in Darfur, also directed at humanitarian operations, quoted
Jan Egeland, under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator:
"If it continues to be so dangerous on humanitarian work, we may not
be able to sustain our operation for 2.5 million people requiring
lifesaving assistance. ... It could all end tomorrow it's as
serious as that." (There are currently no plans for the United
Nations to leave, but there is much concern that Darfur is sliding
Opponents of the Khartoum government perpetrate some of the
violence; but the chief perpetrators are the savage Arab militia,
the Janjaweed, supported by and often in company with the armed
forces of the Khartoum government.
The African Union (AU), with 7,000 troops in Darfur, has been
courageously trying to stabilize the continuing genocide (as George
W. Bush once accurately called it). But on Oct. 1, there was a
denunciation of the Sudan government by Baba Gana Kingibe, the
African Union's special representative to Sudan.
Kingibe told the Associated Press that "Government forces have
'resorted to violent, destructive and overwhelming use of force not
only against rebel forces, but also on innocent civilian villages.'"
The Khartoum government has, of course, denied his charges, as they
continually deny that they have any operational connection with the
Janjaweed, who destroy villages, and, after they murder their
husbands, gang rape the women.
Buried in the Oct. 2 New York Times which, aside from its
invaluable columnist, Nicholas Kristof, has not paid much continuing
attention to Darfur there was this Reuters report, datelined
"The African Union accused the Sudanese government on Saturday of
coordinating with Arab militias (the dread Janjaweed) in attacks on
civilians in the Darfur region, and it said all sides in the
conflict were violating cease-fire agreements."
Also, with regard to what Khartoum calls the "new era" in Sudan, on
Oct. 3, the Sudan Tribune Web site (www.sudantribune.com), with
Khartoum as the dateline, disclosed: "Laurens Jolles, head of the
mission for the UN refugee agency in Darfur, said 34 men have been
killed in raids carried out by 250 to 300 Arabs against the Aro
Sharow camp for displaced people in West Darfur." (Again, the
Meanwhile, an Oct. 3 Reuters dispatch from Khartoum emphasized, from
a source in the African Union, that "a summit of the 53-nation
African Union scheduled to be hosted by (the government of) Sudan in
January could be changed to another venue as a form of protest (to
the continuing violence in Darfur) from around the continent."
The African Union is so troubled that it has sent its deputy
chairman, Patrick Mazimhaka to Khartoum. Said AU spokesman Adam
Thiam to Reuters: "He is going to express the concern of the
pan-African organization in the light of the recent development in
Darfur and demand explanations over recent attacks on villages and
refugee camps in Darfur in which 32 people were killed." (The United
States supported the AU's decision to investigate the attacks.)
Furthermore, as attacks on humanitarian organizations in Darfur also
continue, Eric Reeves the most authoritative continuing analyst
on Darfur points out on Oct. 1: "If humanitarian personnel are
forced to withdraw on an emergency basis, there will be immediate
and devastating consequences for the provision of food, medicine,
water, shelter and the security that has derived simply from the
presence of humanitarian workers. Any restarting of humanitarian
operations would be extraordinarily difficult and slow-moving."
On Oct. 4, during National Public Radio's "News and Notes" with Ed
Gordon, Professor Nat Irvin of Wake Forest University, recalled "how
far we have come from last September when then Secretary Colin
Powell had given a speech about the very positive prospects for
peace to actually occur in the Sudan. ... now here we are faced with
having to reiterate the saying of 'Never again' (as world leaders
who allowed the genocide in Rwanda said so piously so late.)
But Sudan's chief of mission in Washington, Khidir Haroun Ahmed,
heralding Sudan's "optimistic future," charges that "some observers
fail or refuse to see things as they are."
Things as terrifying as they are in Darfur have once more exposed
the uselessness of the United Nations in ongoing genocide and the
absence of a new coalition of willing democratic nations, including
the United States, to support the African Union more substantively
because the AU cannot stop the killing without such help.
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