Action in Darfur opinion piece

5 04 2011

(The following is entirely an opinion piece and not a research piece)

We are getting ready to “help” Libya; we were on top of it almost right away. (By “we” I just mean the government supporters of “the Libya move” in general). The crisis/revolution/verge-of-war, whatever is is called, in Libya is tragic and terrible, but it is Libya’s problem. The citizens chose to rebel; and being more prosperous compared to Darfur, they also have something to fall back on. The citizens and the government worked themselves up into this mess, and can (try to) untangle it themselves. We can’t be running to every Middle East disturbance! The persecuted Darfurians have been trying to help themselves, but the government armies have been pushing, hurting and killing them into submission. Thousands of Darfur’s most vulnerable citizens have been exiled to refugee camps. Women have been raped, children killed–thousands upon thousands have been killed. We should not “babysit” a country in desperate need, but we must support and help protect them until the citizens have a foothold. Merely for the principal of it it is needed…and genocide and torture are atrocities that must not be allowed.  Libya may be in trouble, but it is a political fight…not a serious, unforgivable genocide.

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How good is Bashir leaving (p. 2)

13 02 2011

Sudan could be off of the “terrorist list” by July, when the secession will be declare.  According to the article, it is only if the Sudanese government accepts what comes with the new referendum on freedom for South Sudan. This was all announced by Scott Gration, the “envoy” to Darfur. Gration seemed no more than a token glance to Darfur, to be a false answer to a terrible problem.  I do wonder if a man of his status would have suggested any solutions or ideas to address this problem to President Obama. And if he had, how did the President react? I’m rattling on now, but am still disgusted, talking of taking a horribly violent country and government off of our danger list when there had never been a serious investigation of Sudan/Darfur available to the general public. Bashir [reportedly] is seen as “the man who allowed Sudan to split,” as Sara Hassan, an analyst with IHS Global Insight, declared.

The article is slightly outdated as I write this; but it is still useful. Now that the south has voted for secession, Bashir’s declaration, announced before the vote, will come true. In “north” Sudan, there will be a state religion–Islam–and an official language–Arabic, BUT under a new constitution. An opposition group, the National Consensus Force, has asked for a national conference to rewrite the said constitution. However, Bashir continue(s) to demand his own wide-ranging government, the National Congress party.

So [north] Sudan will still be under the power of Bashir and he’ll always remain a threat. Yet, in the end, I’m not sure what would be worse; to use a light quote in a serious way, “it is better to have a fool you know than a fool you don’t know.” Perhaps whoever would replace Bashir at this time would be worse…even though no Bashir, without any backlash, would be ideal…





More “talking” after violence in camp

27 08 2010

At the Kalma camp in Darfur, there is tension and violence between the internally displace persons, or IDP’s, supporting the Darfur peace process, and those against it.  According to the UN news center, the peace process is centralized in Doha, Qatar. The UNAMID states that “tension in the camp has de-escalated” but that it remains insecure.

Deputy Joint Special Rep. Mohamed Yonis and AU (African Union) Chairperson of Joint Special Commission, Jean Ping, were in a meeting 08/23.  Mr. Yonis emphasises that the Sudanese government and UNAMID need to work together to secure the camp (!!).

Opinion: When the government has been “masterminding” or at least collaborating with the violence in Sudan/Darfur and with the genocide, it doesn’t seem like there is great hope for compromise.

On another topic, I found a darkly amusing satirical political cartoon while looking for a map of Darfur via Google: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35704&Cr=darfur&Cr1=





Will legal immunity for aid workers’ kidnappers help?

24 08 2009

This article from Reuters reports that the Sudanese government is considering legal immunity for the kidnappers of aid workers in Sudan/Darfur, esp. in the light of the two recent workers from the Irish aid group GOAL. In the spirit of the month of Ramadan [as is reported], the officials believe it will “encourage forgiveness” and that it will also help the kidnapped women and speed up release.

While I believe that Ramadan is a deeply meaningful and spiritual–a bonding experience with ancient symbolism–I believe it is neither here nor there in relation to the kidnappers and legal immunity will only let the kidnappers “off the hook” and at the most, reduce the situation[s] but not stop them. Look, these people are cruel and selfish, and they are clever. They’ll probably find out the motive of the immunity and see right past the plan. NO.

(**P.S. If you got here through my Twitter, I apologize that it wasn’t here right away…I was writing it when I was interrupted by a call, then had to get to a college class**)

The opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the author, unless quoted or reported from another source.




More opposition for Khartoum, Bashir

3 07 2009

The JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) and a leading Sudanese opposition group signed a deal to move against the government, pushing for a transitional governmet–trying to reduce the violence and move to a more democratic state, it implies–the Umma party, led by Sudan’s last democratically elected PM, Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Will this be the breakthrough they\we need?

Info\link courtesy the Washington Post. Summary (c) DarfurHerald.





Could peace be coming?

11 06 2009

According to Sudanese presidential advisor Ghazi Salaheddin, peace could be coming to Darfur “soon”–not immediately, he seemed to imply, but within a reasonable timeline. According to this AFP/Google article, talks between the JEM (Justice & Equality Movement) and the Sudanese government are going better than before as they speak about politics, ceasefire and (for the JEM) a prisoner exchange.

The Sudanese government continues to insist only 10,000 Darfur citizens have been killed, vs. the U.N. count of 300,000.





Sudan officials claim recent reports inaccurate

28 05 2009

Sudanese officials had U.N. & African Union reps to its foreign ministry Tuesday (May 26) in order to state that conflict reports in western Darfur, among them that rebels were overpowering the government base in Umm Baru (N. Darfur), claiming the reports inaccurate. The UNAMID* backed up the claim–the rebels had just failed to capture the base. Now the UNAMID has agreed to not issue reports on the movements of Sudanese armed forces or issue contradicting statements. The UNAMID agreed. The JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) was also involved. A detailed article, from which this summary is gathered, can be found here.

*United Nations/African Union in Darfur