Some news from Sudan

I am going today to recommend you a very good blog to know what’s happening in Sudan: it’s called Sudan watch and I have found some news abput the humanitarian catastrophe that their inhabitants are suffering just now.

Firstly, this is how the Egyptian police reacted to a pacific demonstration of some Darfurians that now live at a refugee camp in Egypt. They were critizising UN policy and demanding UN should take them out of Egypt.

And they are right:

The demonstration was pacific: even the crowd was informed that they have to respect the Egyptian authorities.
But there came the police:


And the result: 23 darfurians dead and images like this one:
I wonder what these sympathetic policemen would have done with the French rioters.

Also the

veteran Sudanese Islamist leader Turabi attacks foreign presence. Note Mr Turabi shows no compassion for the millions of Sudanese driven from their homes and forced to flee for their lives from the government’s militia:

“Look at Sudan now – it has tens of militias independent of the army. And we have so many African armies here… and other armies of the United Nations,” Mr Turabi said.

“We don’t have an army here. We have a record of how many armies you have in one country. Would you call that independence?

Lastly, from Darfur:

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Thursday that the security situation in Darfur continued to deteriorate.

In his latest monthly report on Darfur, he called it a “deeply disturbing trend” with “devastating effects on the civilian population”.

“Civilians continue to pay an intolerably high price as a result of recurrent fighting by warring parties, the renewal of the scorched earth tactics by militia and massive military action by the government,” he said in the report released on 29 December.

Destroyed village in Darfur Sudan

Photo: The destroyed village of Kamungo just east of Kabkabiya town, North Darfur State. (IRIN)

Some 3.4 million people continue to be affected by the conflict, according to the UN, of whom 1.8 million are internally displaced and 200,000 have fled to neighbouring Chad.

Note the Financial Times Jan 2, 2006 provides an excellent summary of Darfur news over past few months:

A new wave of violence in Sudan’s Darfur region is a “shocking indication” of the international community’s collective failure to stem “horrendous crimes” there, the United Nations has warned, amid daily reports that the killings continue unabated.

Despite regular Security Council discussions and an African Union (AU) mission, a new UN report says: “Large-scale attacks against civilians continue, women and girls are being raped by armed groups, yet more villages are being burned, and thousands more are being driven from their homes.”

Its findings leave few doubts that the world’s efforts to stem Sudan’s catastrophe are not working, despite its leaders’ assertion at last year’s UN summit that all nations bore a “responsibility to protect” civilians from crimes against humanity. Full report.

I wonder ehat they would say if this people were all Muslims…

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