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Genocide in Darfur

Kellen Conner
It seems quite insane that any country in the year of 2003 would respond to rebellion in the way that the Sudanese
government did. The immediate cause of these atrocities was spawned when two rebel groups - the Sudan
Liberation Army & the Justice and Equality Movement - began armed opposition to the Sudanese government
because of the apparent oppression of the region’s non-Arab population. The Sudanese government responded by
unleashing large amounts of Janjaweed, or state sponsored arab militias, on to the region. These militias have
wreaked havoc across Darfur, resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives, accompanied by reports of
cruelty that knows no bounds. Secondly, the Sudanese government has openly denied its involvement with the
Janjaweed, and therefore has not properly addressed the problem, allowing mass murder to persist. Thirdly, the
indictment and subsequent hiding of Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir has sundered the unity of the nation,
casting it into chaos. The country experienced a brief semblance of peace in early 2010 when it began conducting
peace talks, but any amends made were rendered null when Sudan’s army began attacks on various targets deemed
offenders.
Ali Kushayb, pictured left, is the big dog of the arab militias known as the Janjaweed. His
arrest is currently being sought by the International Criminal Court for the assassination
of 504 innocents, 20 rapes, and the forced displacement of 41,000 people. Quite an
impressive repertoire, I must say. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Omar al-Bashir, pictured right, is the President of Sudan. Bashir has been elected thrice, in
elections that were suspected to have been subjects to corruption. During his 25 years as
President of Sudan, he has brought great improvement to the country’s infrastructure, but has
also instituted Sharia law and, of course, state sponsored genocide.
Abdul Wahid al Nur is the founder and de facto leader of the rebel Sudan Liberation
Movement. He is a native of Darfur, and attended the University of Khartoum to pursue a
career in law. The SLM was founded in 1992 during his early college days. Al Nur graduated
with a degree in law.

Khalil Ibrahim was the leader of the Justice & Equality Movement up until December of
2011, in which he was killed by the Sudan Armed Forces in an airstrike in North Kordofan.
The Justice & Equality Movement’s practices and ideology were heavily influenced by his
writings.

4 details

- President Bush accused Sudan of genocide,
but took no concrete steps to indicate an
intent to act upon his words.

- One russian mercenary has been killed in the
entirety of the conflict between the Sudanese
state forces and the rebels. Weird.

- Russia profited 21 million dollars as a result
of it’s rampant arms selling to Sudan.

- Additionally, China has also supplied large
sums of arms to Sudan.
4 effects

- Massive loss of human life

- Public outcry among the United States despite
little press coverage of the atrocities committed.

- Women and children are bereft of husbands.

- An increase in Communist power.