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The Sudanese Government in the midst of committing genocide in their Western Province of Darfur had this to say about the recent Russian incursion into Georgia:

August 15, 2008 (KHARTOUM) –The Sudanese National Assembly lent its support Moscow in its clash with Georgia over the border region of South Ossetia.

The Sudanese legislative body described the Russian response as “legitimate” and that Moscow had “the right to defend its citizens”.

Sudan also condemned the “crimes committed by Georgian forces against innocent citizens”.

“The genocide was committed in its worst forms and did not spare even the elders or children or sick or women” the foreign relations committee said in a statement.

Sudan and Russia enjoy good relations particularly in terms of military cooperation. Moscow along with Beijing blocked tough UN Security Council (UNSC) measures against Khartoum over the Darfur conflict.

I assume the key word in this statement is “innocent” as I don’t think the Sudanese government would say any Darfuri is innocent – just my thought.

HT Sudanese Thinker

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I’ve written a lot about Darfur and have been engaged locally and on a national scale to help build a movement to find peace for Darfur.  But what really has happened in 2007?

  • 1,000’s of American’s have come together
  • The United Nations Security Council authorized a UN/AU hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to deploy to Darfur. The first soldiers in the 26,000 strong force will be deployed in January
  • Due to international pressure surrounding the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China has begun to take a harder line with Sudan. China not only approved UNAMID, but has also sent its own envoy to Sudan to focus on ending the genocide
  • Americans have refused to let genocide be committed on their dime. 22 states, 58 universities and 11 major U.S. cities have adopted Sudan divestment policies. Earlier this month, Congress unanimously passed federal divestment legislation (PDF) that will ensure American dollars are not funding the genocide.

While this is all really good news, there is still lots more than needs to be done to actually end the violence.  It is hard to remain engaged and care when it is happening so far away from us and with so many other conflicts going on around the world.  Engaging China has been a huge step, so too is getting a neutral military presence in place.  There is still more that needs to happen before peace and stability can fully return, most noticeably:

  • UNAMID still needs helicopters and logistical support in order to succeed.
  • The ultimate success of the divestment movement rests on the 28 states that have not yet acted. 23 of these have divestment campaigns planned in 2008.
  • Millions of vulnerable civilians remain unprotected in camps across Darfur.

So to you I say keep up the good work and the willingness to care! Let’s make 2008 the year we end the genocide in Darfur.

Information for this post came from the Genocide Intervention Network, which continues to be an excellent resource.

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