Saturday, November 26, 2005

More News from Sudan

Peace Force In Darfur Faces Major Challenges African Troops Stymied By Shortages, Mission
By Emily Wax -- Washington Post Foreign Service, Monday, November 21, 2005; Page A10

SHEARIA, Sudan -- Under the blazing sun, a squad of African Union peacekeepers guarded a group of women as they gathered yams in a field outside the charred remains of this village in Sudan's Darfur region, making sure they were not followed or assaulted by marauding gunmen.

Senate Aims to Stop Darfur Genocide Focus on the Family – 11/21/2005
by Pete Winn, associate editor
The bill would bring sanctions, assistance to peacekeepers and international pressure.

Members of the U.S. Senate late Friday passed a bill they hope will help stop the mass murders being carried out by extremist Muslim groups on civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan — a move American evangelical leaders are praising with hopes it may eventually stop the genocide.

Never Again, Again? 11/20/2005, The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof

TAMA, Sudan

So who killed 2-year-old Zahra Abdullah for belonging to the Fur tribe?

At one level, the answer is simple: The murderers were members of the janjaweed militia that stormed into this mud-brick village in the South Darfur region at dawn four weeks ago on horses, camels and trucks. Zahra's mother, Fatima Omar Adam, woke to gunfire and smoke and knew at once what was happening.

Sudan's Department of Gang Rape, 11/22/2005, New York Times, Nicholas Kristof

When the Arab men in military uniforms caught Noura Moussa and raped her the other day, they took the trouble to explain themselves.

"We cannot let black people live in this land," she remembers them telling her, and they used racial epithets against blacks, called her a slave, and added: "We can kill any members of African tribes."


Sudan's U.S. public-relations firm, By Nat Hentoff, November 21, 2005

A reader of this column, greatly concerned about the millions of uprooted black Muslim Africans in Darfur -- whose villages have been torn apart by the Sudanese government's vicious militia, the Janjaweed -- wrote to his senator, Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican. Asked Mr. Specter's constituent, Sherwood Price, "Where is the outrage over the genocide in Darfur?" He tells me he has yet to receive an answer, adding: "Perversely, 'Hurricane' Cindy (Sheehan) enjoys more media and senatorial attention than festering genocide."

No peace in Darfur, Los Angeles Times, 11/21/2005

THE DISPATCH OF AFRICAN peacekeepers to end government-sanctioned mass murders in Sudan last year won deserved praise. Nations that often complained about interference in their affairs by former colonial powers were stepping forward to solve one of the continent's own problems.

Sudan: Darfur Situation Spinning Out of Control, Annan Warns All Africa – 11/22/2005
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

The conflict-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur could descend into anarchy unless a swift political solution to the conflict is found, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Monday.

Sudanese government announces postponement of Darfur peace talks Xinhuanet – 11/21/2005

A senior Sudanese official announced on Sunday that the African Union (AU) had adjourned the seventh round of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the Darfur rebels, which was originally due on Monday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

SUDAN: Darfur rebels urge AU to move January summit from Khartoum Irin News – 11/17/2005

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NAIROBI, 17 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the two main rebel groups in the conflict-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur, has asked the African Union not to go ahead with a plan to hold its January summit in Khartoum, and to ensure that Sudan does not assume the AU presidency in 2006.