An Oral and Documentary History of the Darfur Genocide 2 by Samuel Totten

By Samuel Totten

The genocide in Darfur erupted in 2003 yet its seeds were planted years ahead of. Following years of assaults on their villages, livelihoods and folks, in addition to political and financial disenfranchisement by means of the govt. of Sudan, the black Africans of Darfur rebelled. In retaliation, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had his troops and an Arab defense force, the Janjaweed, perform a scorched earth coverage that resulted the in killing of noncombatants, males, girls, young ones, and the aged. within the technique, women of every age have been raped, 1000s of villages have been burned to the floor, and over million humans have been compelled from their villages. by means of mid-2007, estimates of these who were killed or had perished due loss of water, hunger, or accidents, ranged from a low of 250,000 to over 400,000. This quantity set provides the harrowing tales of survivors of this genocide, and contains a selection of legitimate records delineating the overseas community's response to the main issue in Darfur. the writer has interviewed dozen Sudanese refugees who fled their houses and made their option to the neighboring kingdom of Chad, recording their reports sooner than the warfare, in the course of a number of genocide occasions, and following their get away. these interviews include quantity One. In quantity , the writer has chosen severe records issued by means of the U.S., the United international locations, and the foreign felony courtroom, each one of which provides serious insights into how the foreign neighborhood seen the scorched earth coverage and atrocities and the way it reached to such. An Oral and Documentary historical past of the Darfur Genocide is a useful checklist of ways simply a strong executive can flip opposed to a country's weaker minorities.

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Almost all of those who hold major posts within the country have come from the North. Indeed, every president and prime minister has come from the North, along with the vast majority of those who have headed up important positions dealing with the development, infrastructure, and economy of the country. For years on end, the black Africans of Darfur have requested the establishment of more schools and medical facilities—all of which are minimal in number and sorely underfunded—and have repeatedly requested more roads and bridges, which remain largely nonexistent in Darfur.

Within a relatively short period of time, a second rebel group emerged, calling itself the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). According to Flint and de Waal (2005), within JEM there are “two main tendencies that dwarf all others: one is tribal, the other Islamic” (p. 89). In addition to providing local security for the black African villagers of Darfur, the two rebel groups issued protests against the economic and political marginalization of Darfur. The aforementioned Black Book was one such protest; indeed, it constituted the most detailed critique of the government to date, as well as a protest that reached the greatest and most diverse audience (from the top officials of the country all the way to the illiterate population who learned about the contents of The Black Book as a result of having it read to them).

After considerable debate, compromise, and dithering, the UN Security Council and the United States finally imposed some sanctions on Sudan. For example, on April 25, 2006, the UN Security Council passed a resolution imposing sanctions against four Sudanese individuals, all of whom had been accused of war crimes in Darfur. Those sanctioned were Gaffar 20 An Oral and Documentary History of the Darfur Genocide Mohamed Elhassan, an ex-Sudan air force commander, Sheikh Musa Hilal, a Janjaweed militia leader, Adam Yacub Shant, a rebel SLA commander, and Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, a rebel commander with the National Movement for Reform and Development.

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