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Word up: Darfur holocaust

September 11, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Why is no one helping us?” he asked. “I don’t know why the world is ignoring what is being done to my people,” he added.  

I could do nothing to solace him other than provide my being there for him anytime he felt like talking. His tone was shaky and I sensed tears in his voice. Even a man is not strong enough to suppress the feelings of injustice he has had to harbor every day. 

Ibrahim contacted me some time back and gave me a heads-up on how things were going down there in Sudan. He is a Sudanese native from the tribe called ‘Zaqawa’ who hail from the western region that is suffering an indignant genocide as I type; Darfur.

I met Ibrahim by chance a year ago while studying in Sudan. He’s a very intelligent person and has the kind of persona which would make you think that everything in his life is going perfectly. But underneath that smiling face and contagious kindness there’s a suffering heart. He has no news of his relatives back in Darfur and bears the kind of discrimination that is not openly shown but can be sensed in the atmosphere. I sometimes cannot help but envy his ability to keep up a happy face with all the indignity he and his people have to endure; and at the same time can do nothing but pray for his people. 

I was inspired to write about this in hopes that his voice and the cries of those undergoing the daily humiliation and torture in Darfur wouldn’t go unheard. 

I believe that when any government is found guilty of mass murders, other nations are obligated to intervene. When a leader of a sovereign nation is found blameworthy for supporting a terrorist militia and trying to cover it up, other leaders or the citizens of that nation have the power to bring him/her down. When there is a humanitarian crisis in an area, aid groups must be given safe passage to those suffering in order to relieve them.

But what happens when no one intervenes? What happens when the citizens don’t even have the power to openly express their distaste for that leader, let alone bring him/her down from power? What happens when that leader openly denies aid groups safe access to the people in the troubled regions?

Only one word comes to mind: genocide.

In a country that systematically victimizes its people and rules them with fear, I can understand why the citizens have no voice at all. When a normal scene is a group of spoiled teens driving custom BMWs and Porsches imported from Germany zooming past a pick-up truck filled with a dozen homeless passengers on the rear bed, I can understand why not much is done for Darfur. When people treat you based you your wealth and ethnicity, I know why there’s silence among the citizens (oh they’re from so-and-so tribe; it’s not our problem).

But when the Sudanese news channels talk about anything but Darfur, something is going wrong. When simple non-violent protests are sometimes answered with brute force and torture, something is off-beam. When the president’s motorcade of custom made BMWs occupied by young commandos rush off to cut the red tape on a new ATM machine while others suffer in the western region, something is seriously wrong.

I honestly don’t know everything that goes on in Darfur because I haven’t been to the region. Nor have I ever read any of the Sudanese newspapers because there is no freedom of press there and the government obviously ‘proofreads’ the papers before they hit the printing machines. All I know is that a terrorist militia receives funds from the government to wipe out those in Darfur. All I know is that countless scores of men, women, and children have been raped and killed simply because of their ethnicity. All I know is that millions have fled their homes to nearby Chad in order to stay alive in hopes of building a new life. All I know is that millions more are stranded in Darfur like sitting ducks in hopes that this will end before they too, become nothing more than a statistic on the death toll.

It’s been 3½ years and counting and the situation has only worsened. Several aid agencies have been working there way before this has been dubbed genocide, only to be forced to leave for their own safety. Ever since this began, the central government has been diplomatically dancing around the negotiation table avoiding all calls for peace in the region. What’s worse is that the government is now denying peace troops from entering the region to provide help and safety to the people.

As for outside help, we have the usual: the American government is trying to keep up its image as the world’s foremost peace and ‘democracy’ promoter by repeatedly sending senior officials to Darfur. After all, what is a war-torn, famine stricken, drought suffering region without US visits? Be it to increase international recognition, sign business deals, or simply to offer assistance, the US government is usually the first to come to the ‘aid’ of those in troubled regions and there is no exception here. If USA was really up for peace in Darfur, they would have asserted more pressure on the thick heads that rule Sudan but it’s pretty obvious that the recently found oil is a big player in their frequent visits.  USA is playing another dodgy diplomatic game in Sudan, as it has before in many other places. It says it won’t give up on the peace when it actually won’t give up on coming back every time to sign a new peace oil deal. It puts oil deals above the lives of the innocent people of Darfur and then wonders why people don’t like its policies. I could understand the reasons USA won’t take a more active role in the Darfur crisis, but they don’t have to make it so obvious by sending senior officials to sign oil deals to satisfy their ever growing oil addiction.

These people are not like the Palestinians who are being punished for electing Hamas into office. They’re not like the Iraqis who are suffering because USA invaded their country and instigated a civil war. These people aren’t like the Lebanese who suffered a month of continuous pounding by Israel because it has some issues with Hezbollah. They’re not like the Somalis who suffered because of some mentally deranged war lords and a disgruntled Islamic militia. These people are simply being punished for being something they can’t change; for something that will always be a part of them: their ethnicity.

To the people of Darfur, a peace on paper means nothing as they wonder if there is any way to put an end to their pain. If the open support of the Sudanese central government for the militia doesn’t cry genocide, I don’t know what does. If the blatant denial of peace troops to enter the region doesn’t say anything, I don’t know what does.  I ask you not to pity these people, but to offer your prayers that this ends soon so Ibrahim and his people can finally close this sad chapter in their lives and have their dignity as human beings restored.

You can make a difference by signing a petition to stop the crisis in Darfur. I also recommend the Save Darfur organization.

Categories: News, Opinion, R. Nile, War
  1. Robert
    September 11, 2006 at 7:59 AM

    As an American it would be expected of me to defend what you had to say about our government, but sadly its all true. Many Americans don’t even know what goes outside their towns and many more don’t even know anything other than what is happening in iraq and afhganistan. Darfur and many other African areas have been suffering genocide and the world just turned away. My brother in law works at one of the aid groups that provides aid to many parts of the conflict zones in Africa and he has told me about the situation in dafur. I cant believe we have come all this way as a nation only to go into a country to suck up some more oil under the disguise of promoting peace.

  2. Yousef
    September 11, 2006 at 10:23 AM

    Sam wallah its sad wat your friend and his people are going through. It is much worse than the Palestinians. I have always heard about it in the news but it is different when you hear it from someone who has been there.

  3. Areej
    September 11, 2006 at 11:41 AM

    Sam I know exactly wat u mean by the discrimination in sudan. What is even sadder is the difference in classes of the society because there is only the upper class and the poor people and nothing between. The poor people are stuggling for daily life while the upper class people are enjoying luxury so no one ever thinks about the situation in Darfur. I hope it ends soon

  4. John
    September 11, 2006 at 2:07 PM

    Usually a genocide is against people with totally different religions. Aren’t the people of Darfur and those running the government both Muslims? And what is the difference between the skin complexions of the two groups? They are both African and the same color.

  5. (edited)
    September 11, 2006 at 3:19 PM


    Learn to post with decency…

  6. African diva
    September 11, 2006 at 4:08 PM

    Sam im Sudanese and know my country better than u. there is no proof the president Bashir is helping the janjaweed militia and he is trying to stop this from going on longer.

  7. Sam
    September 11, 2006 at 7:19 PM

    Robert: I’m glad that you’re one of the handfuls that see beyond what the media paints for them.

    Yousef: I always had this awful picture of what happened in Darfur but hearing it first-hand really showed the true colors of the situation.

    Areej: I’m totally with you on that…it’s really sad that a nation preaches equality and something for all when it really means everything for some. All we could do is pray…

    John: You nailed it. Genocide can also be against those of a different ethnicity like what Saddam did to the Kurds back in the 80s. There is obviously no difference between the skin tones of both groups…which makes it an even stupider reason for killing them.

    African diva: Come on, it doesn’t take rocket science to prove that your leader is somehow stunting the peace process. Then why isn’t he allowing foreign peace troops to help the people? If he’s too lazy to do it, why prevent someone else from doing it? It’s like having a messy kitchen and saying no to someone who wants to clean it for free…

  8. September 11, 2006 at 7:48 PM

    The awful reality of Darfur! The more we continue to breed these stupid, money hungry warlords all over the continent of Africa, the more the people of Africa..in this case Darfur, Sudan; will suffer. Its sad but all too true. For someone like me, I watch the newes, read about this, shake my head with disgust, and then go back to my daily routine. For others this is their harsh reality. May Allah guide these people through their toughest of times!
    Thanx for that read Sam!

  9. May
    September 11, 2006 at 8:00 PM

    It saddens me everyime I hear about darfur and why no one is helpin them. what really angers me is the fact that when such news comes on tv, people try to chang the channel before they see anything or hear anything. ignorance

  10. Sarah
    September 12, 2006 at 9:48 PM

    i can’t believe this is still going on there. they rarely even show it on the news these days it looks like they are tryint to cover all this up.

    i pray it all ends soon

  11. Sam
    September 13, 2006 at 11:25 PM

    NonChalante: Ameen…

    May: It’s sad really…how those daily deaths in Darfur can hardly make it on the news and how Paris’ latest party makes the front pages.

    Sarah: Believe it…it sure does look like a cover up.

  12. reem
    September 13, 2006 at 11:35 PM

    7aram!! Thos poor people and no is helping them. I didnt even hear them in the news recently. inshallah they will get peace soon. i just cant imagine this going on an people not talking about it

  13. Ahmed
    September 14, 2006 at 11:04 PM

    I personally don’t think signing petitions and making protests will help because in the end we are begging those leaders to stop this killing of innocent people. Day and day I hear about news about israels new settlements or a stupid case in usa but the media never show anything about darfur. it looks like everyone is trying to hide it and we can do nothing but sit back and shake out heads

  14. Shareef
    September 14, 2006 at 1:14 PM

    As normal people with no power we see such news on TV and cant do anything about it. Millions are being killed for their race and those in power sit back and watch. Some even order the killings. It really sucks to hate a situation and not being able to anything about it.

  15. Amal
    September 15, 2006 at 4:21 PM

    Darfur is this century’s holocaust. I rarely hear about it in the news but each time I do it brings tears to my eyes. Doesnt anyone have any feelings in them to stop this? Why aren’t leaders working together to stop this obvious killing of darfur’s peeople?

  16. Sam
    September 16, 2006 at 7:30 AM

    reem: It’s hard to imagine that such atrocities are condoned by some…but it’s the grim reality.

    Shareef: True…no one likes being helpless and not being able to do anything about such situations. Pray…

    Ahmed: These petitions will simply be forwarded to those in power like Bush…which doesn’t give us much hope but you have nothing to lose by signing them…

    Amal: No doubt Darfur is today’s Auschwitz. But the world did something about Hitler’s genocide…nobody seems to be doing anything about this except those who are powerless. The UN keeps holding talks and Hollywood stars like Clooney try convincing the world to do something but I see no advancements.

  17. Eric
    September 16, 2006 at 8:14 AM

    No one is happy about what is going down there in Sudan. It saddens me that some people see Darfur on the news and shrug it all away thinking it has nothing to do with them. What amzazes me is that the majority here don’t even know what Darfur is. A whole genocide is going unoticed by the general public and it takes a Hollywood star to bring people’s attention to the situation.

  18. September 16, 2006 at 7:46 PM

    Previously, for many Muslims, there was the talk that what is happening in Darfur could be a Western propanganda- and such talk use to give the Sudanese government a leeway to continue practicing oppressive activities. However, as more facts about what is happening in Darfur become available, no sane Muslim or non-muslim can afford to turn a blind eye.

  19. September 16, 2006 at 9:20 PM

    The media rarely shows the news that comes from Darfur and that’s why people go by without knowing what is going on. It amazes me also that when George Clooney spoke at the UN everyone was listening and he did a good job there as well. If it takes actors to make people notice their surroundings then we are doomed as humans.

  20. Sam
    September 17, 2006 at 9:14 PM

    Eric: It truly amazed me at how much attention Darfur got when Clooney spoke about the ongoing crisis there.

    TheAdvocate: Exactly, I used to wonder what part of ‘people are dying’ Muslims didn’t understand but now that everyone is talking, people see the grim reality of Darfur.

    Bella: I know…it’s sad that it takes a high profile actor to bring this to people’s attention…

  21. September 17, 2006 at 11:21 PM

    I was just watching the news about the protests going all over the world. I don’t understand how Sudan’s leader can be allowed to continue doing this and not allow UN peace keepers in the country. That only means that he is supporting the deaths of all those people in Darfur. The world can’t stand by and watch another genocide go by in Africa.

  22. lightcontrast
    September 18, 2006 at 12:49 AM

    As long as there are corrupt leaders who are only self-serving, injustice will only continue. As long as there are people who “put their heads under the sand,” issues of humanity such as this will continue to be ignored by the masses. Many big, “civilized” countries are complicit and look down on “developing countries.”

  23. Sam
    September 18, 2006 at 10:00 PM

    Laura: It all comes down to discrimination. This whole war is all about ethnic cleansing and getting rid of those people in Darfur. And sadly, the world is just watching along.

    lightcontrast: Couldn’t be more right. If this doesn’t stop anytime soon, it’ll be this decade’s Rwanda.

  24. Ali
    September 18, 2006 at 10:56 PM

    As long as coward leaders rule our countries there will be no justice for the people that die everyday. As long as the powerful countries are busy trying to get more rich and suck resources frm poor nations there will be no change in our world.

  25. lightcontrast
    September 19, 2006 at 1:32 AM

    Sam, I wish I wasn’t right. Why is it that people like to watch disasters or fighting, more than having peace or calm? Haven’t people learned from history?

  26. September 19, 2006 at 7:51 PM

    It’s incredible how people avoid the issue. If you search for “Darfur” on FoxNews.com, you only get two results for the past week, the third one is from August 4th.

  27. lightcontrast
    September 19, 2006 at 8:26 PM

    Fox news is “faux” news, as I’ve heard on a forum. If a story is from Fox, no one will read it.

  28. September 19, 2006 at 9:49 PM

    No one will read it, but all too many people will watch it in the US.

  29. Sam
    September 19, 2006 at 10:02 PM

    Ali: Even thought there is truth to what you say, we still can’t lose hope and let this turn into another genocide.

    lightcontrast: We all wish that this genocide could disappear. I just don’t know what’s so orgasmic in killing innocent women, men, and children that’s keeping Sudan’s heads of state from allowing peace troops to stabilize the region and restore the people’s dignity.

    Agent KGB: Lots of news agencies have lost credibility. I for one resort to blogs for news around the world since blogs are more personal and are usually written by those the news affects most so I can see the truth behind the scenes.

  30. Ifrah
    September 19, 2006 at 11:30 PM

    No one watches Fox news no more. We cant even trust news agencies these days because they never tell the full story. Each day protests go on eahc day speeches are mde infront of thousands of ppl and still Darfur suffers. lets see what this un summit ends up with

  31. MJ
    September 19, 2006 at 10:56 PM

    I was watching the un speeches and was disgusted with some leaders. bush still has the nerve to talk about promoting democracy when ppl are dying. he should first put aside his ego and try to put some srious effort to solve this issue instead of trying to be the first one to sign oil deals in sudan. and is sudan’s leader human?

  32. September 19, 2006 at 10:17 PM

    I don’t think anyone who wants some real news watches ‘faux’ news. I personally believe BBC is the least biased of the western news agencies. But still people just shrug their shoulders and simply say that darfur has nothing to do with them.

  33. Jamal
    September 19, 2006 at 11:54 PM

    You people should watch aljazeera. They might be an arabic station but they always show the real thing. I stopped watching cnn and abc news after i compared them to the arabic network. many news stations are unreliable today because they like to leave out some stories.

  34. Sam
    September 20, 2006 at 4:57 AM

    Bella: True, but some people still see Fox as their sole news source.

    MJ: I watched the speeches as well. The secretary general spoke well and addressed the main issues and so did the French president. Many share your doubts on the Sudanese leader. He needs to be tried in the Hague.

    Ifrah: That’s why I resort to reading a few trusted blogs. Let’s hope something good comes out of this UN meeting.

    Jamal: You’re right…Jazeera does tell the truth, no matter how graphic. But much of the western world doesn’t trust it due to the bad propaganda it received from the western leaders because of its graphic portrayal of the war on Iraq.

  35. Khaled
    September 20, 2006 at 5:47 AM

    Nobody i know watches fox not even my american friends. as for darfur, i thought it was humanly impossible to watch those people suffer but it seems that world leaders are watching them die every day and not doing anything about it.

  36. September 20, 2006 at 4:23 AM

    After yesterday’s speeches at the UN I lost hope. I felt like leaders were selfishly running after their own agendas and only a couple actually think about Darfur and peace in Africa and the Middle East. I hope something good comes out of today’s session.

  37. Samia
    September 24, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    I pray the people in Darfur get peace soon. its Ramadan and a month of peace. I’m glad the AU will be staying till the end of the year since no one else is there to protect the people.

  38. Austin
    September 24, 2006 at 3:41 PM

    As for outside help, we have the usual: the American government is trying to keep up its image as the world’s foremost peace and ‘democracy’ promoter by repeatedly sending senior officials to Darfur.

    almost 200 countries in the world…and the only coutry YOU expect help from is USA?

    what about the 56 muslim OIC countries…they are not expected to do anything?


  39. September 24, 2006 at 4:08 PM

    If the US is going to invade Iraq to save an oppressed people, they might as well invade Darfur too. The entire world though is standing by doing nothing with the exception of AU forces.

  40. Austin
    September 24, 2006 at 5:27 PM


  41. Dan
    September 24, 2006 at 5:50 PM

    “As for outside help, we have the usual: the American government is trying to keep up its image as the world’s foremost peace and ‘democracy’ promoter”

    You Saudis and Arabs talk bad about countries that go out of their way to promote peace. Why don’t your leaders do something good for a change? The Arabs are watching their own brothers die in the deserts of western Sudan and you dare talk about the US when it is trying to help them?

  42. September 24, 2006 at 5:56 PM

    How exactly is the US trying to help them?

  43. Average Joe
    September 25, 2006 at 4:23 AM

    The US isn’t trying to help them at all!
    As an American, I’m ashamed of my own government for not pushing towards a greater peace in Darfur. Our leaders push forward when invading other nations under false allegations and forged documents but when a genocide is being committed under their noses they sit back. The people that get affected the most by this sort of foreign policy is the general public, the average tax paying Americans that have normal day to day lives who risk being blown to bits by enemies due to a screwed up foreign policy and executive branch.

  44. Jessica
    September 25, 2006 at 5:33 PM

    I found your blog through another site and the article got me thinking. It’s certainly not what we hear in the news and certainly not what our government would have let us known.

    I never knew of the US visits to the region and didn’t have a clue as to what was really going on in Darfur until I saw the protests around the world. I sure do hope peace is installed in the region and hope our leaders come to their senses and realize there’s a genocide happening under their noses.

  45. Sam
    September 25, 2006 at 5:37 PM

    Susan: I too, hoped that the UN meeting would bring about some positive results. All we had were a bunch of leaders denouncing each other and a few egoistic ones still pushing through with their own agendas. I was impressed with a few though, namely Annan, Chirac, Chavez, Ahmaedinejad, etc.

    Khaled: Anything is possible these days. Leaders these days have a lot of good things going for them…it seems the deaths of those in Darfur are not worth their time.

    Samia: Ameen. Even though the AU isn’t fully equipped for Darfur, nevertheless I’m glad it chose to continue its work in the area.

  46. Sam
    September 25, 2006 at 5:38 PM

    Austin: I appreciate your comment. I was wondering why no Americans disagreed on how I was critical of the US government.

    First off…let’s both agree that most Arab nations are led by puppet leaders who can hardly clean up their own corrupt governments, let alone help coerce Sudan’s leader to allow UN forces on its soil and put an end to the misery millions are facing.

    Now I know where you’re coming from, and I sense the patriotism in your comment. We all hail from different nations and many of us are equally patriotic but one can love his/her country and disagree with what the administration does. And maybe then you’re not expressing patriotism but fair criticism since I chose to use the US as an example and not any of the other 200 countries or 56 OIC nations.

    I didn’t bring up any of those nations because none of them vowed so strongly that they’d fight for peace in that region as the US did. The Bush administration has vowed to continue to work for peace in that region…as we’ve seen with the high profile visits to the region by Rice and others. That’s why I chose to use the US government as an example, because they undertook the task of working toward a peaceful Darfur, and years later, nothing has happened at all.

    When the administration seriously wants something, it’ll put its foot down by either invading them or imposing sanctions on certain nations, as we’ve seen on numerous accounts. If the US administration really wanted peace in Darfur, Sudan’s leader would have long stopped funding the killing of those in Darfur in order to avoid sanctions which would harm the nation’s economy and the many Swiss bank accounts he and his lower ranks keep their loot. That led me to believe that the US government is there for only one sole purpose…its oil addiction.

    And as for the link you gave me, I can’t view it. It’s blocked…

  47. Sam
    September 25, 2006 at 5:39 PM

    Agent KGB: I believe being a leader is pretty tough and sometimes trying to get involved in a conflict in someone else’s country is risky. But what baffles me is sitting idle and not challenging the Sudanese government to put an end to this by allowing UN troops. Are there any good leaders left?

    And as for the US invading Darfur…there are a few criteria Darfur must meet first. One of them being…it should have OIL

  48. Sam
    September 25, 2006 at 5:40 PM

    Dan: First off, I’m not Saudi…if that’s what you’re assuming. Don’t let preconceived stereotypes of a person’s nationality or race come into play…try reading my post as if I were an American non-Arab who is skeptical of the Bush administration and not a Saudi who’s simply talking bad about a western government as many Arabs do. Then maybe you’ll see the truth in what I said.

    The US government goes out of its way when it craves something…. Notice how I’ve said the US government and not just ‘the US’? It’s because both aren’t the same. The US is the people…who are mostly peaceful loving citizens opposed to what the government does; the US government comprises of those egocentric leaders who use the taxpayer’s money to fight their personal battles, often at the expense of young citizens in the lowest ranks.

    Misinterpretations of what I said led a few Americans to spam my inbox with hate mail…but if that’s what it takes to voice my opinion on a certain matter…let it be so.

    Going back to your comment…

    ‘Our’ leaders, implying the Arab leaders, are having trouble managing their own governments and are too content with the oil that flows out of their shores to meddle with someone else’s business. So you see they’re a hopeless bunch to rely on…and I don’t see any Arab leader saving Darfur in the near future. As long as their nations are peaceful and those barrels of oil are being shipped off daily, they can stomach the statistics of Darfur.

    However, I dared to be critical of the US government because it vowed to help stop the Darfur crisis but nothing has happened. Just a bunch of promises to keep the oil flowing Uncle Sam’s way. Sanctions, anyone?

    But then again, I guess if the US pulls the ‘sanction’ move on Sudan, those newly signed oil contracts with Khartoum might as well be used as toilet paper…

  49. Nat
    September 25, 2006 at 7:35 PM

    To be honest, I never had an idea how bad the situation was in Darfur until the global protests. This crisis hasn’t had the proper media attention it deserves. I’m amazed at how leaders can sit back and watch this go on. What is the use of petitions when no one is paying attention to them in the first place?

  50. Robby
    September 25, 2006 at 8:40 PM

    Global protest, blogs, new broadcasts, UN summit speeches. What will it take to make the Sudanese leader let UN peace keeping troops into the region. If he won’t fix the problem, then he should let someone else do it. And since he’s not letting anyone else save Darfur, it’s genocide. I won’t be surprised if he’s called up on genocide charges anytime soon, althought it’s a little late to notice.

  51. Muslima
    September 26, 2006 at 4:29 AM

    I am shocked at the reality of Darfur and quickly remembered the movie Hotel Rwanda and how the world turned away from all the cries for help. The same thing is happening here and no matter how much coverage or protests have gone by we see no change. Why do people have to suffer so endlessly?

  52. Stephanie
    September 26, 2006 at 8:13 AM

    I landed on your site through searching for darfur and that was quite a touching story. I never heard of a personal account of the situation there in sudan and it adds to the reality. i only got to realize how big the crisis is after the world protests and am convinced that usa and other nations have’nt done enough to stop this from going on. If the petitions are signed and sent to bush, what is the use? he doesn’t even seem interested in stopping the situation.

  53. David
    September 26, 2006 at 4:53 PM

    I sometimes feel guilty looking at the news reports from Darfur and other war torn areas but never have I felt so low after reading this article. News reports lack personal stories and are often told from the reporter’s point of view. Our prime minister Blair today spoke of everything and didn’t give Darfur a minute. Leader all around the world are waving this away as if it was not their problem. Haven’t there been enough protests and petitions and news reports already?

  54. Lisa
    September 27, 2006 at 5:41 PM

    That was a touching revelation of the reality of Darfur. Until the protests I never quite realized how serious it was there. It is just the same thing that happened to Rwanda the last decade. No one paid attention and people were endlessly killed. But still with the lessons from Rwanda and the protests and UN summits still nothing has been done. The AU isn’t fully occupied for the job and Sudan won’t let the UN in its borders. And because of that millions are displaced and hundreds of thousands killed in an ongoing genocide. Why are the most useless people the ones in power?

  55. A
    September 27, 2006 at 6:42 PM

    Why can’t u find other nations to criticize? I have read ur other posts and u have a habit of bad mouthing the US when its usually the only country helping out others. What has Saudi Arabia done to help Darfur? What proof do u have that USA isn’t helping out in Darfur?

  56. Pete
    September 28, 2006 at 2:13 AM

    I agree with Sam. USA hasn’t done anything to ease the Darfur situation. It hasn’t used one percent of its resources to stop the crisis there.

  57. Ameera
    September 28, 2006 at 6:54 AM

    The US can speed up shipments of weapons to Israel during the Lebanon-Israel war but it can’t put more effort into stopping the killing in Darfur. The US can impose sanctions whenever it feels like but it doesn’t want to put more work into stopping the Darfur genocide. It can spend millions on useless bills but can’t put more energy into stopping the crisis in Darfur. Where is humanity when you need it?

  58. Najma
    September 28, 2006 at 1:32 PM

    No one cares about Africa. Even the African leaders don’t care about their own people since all they do is steal money from the government and ignore their people’s issues. Africa depends on the outside for everything, including medical treatment. What I don’t know is what is the Sudanese leader gaining from killing his own people? And why did it take so long for the world to realize what is really going on?

  59. Bill
    September 29, 2006 at 8:46 AM

    With the world ignoring Darfur, it’s bound to be genocide. Everyone else is focused on their issues with neighbors or rising gas or stocks while people suffer endlessly in Darfur. As sad as it may seem, the world today isn’t the way it was before. Right now it’s not in some people’s best interests to help out Darfur, especially the Sudanese government which I believe is practicing ethnic cleansing. It will be long before UN troops are deployed and even longer before the region is peaceful. It will take even much longer for those responsible to be considered to be criminals in war courts, and we might not live to see the day they stand in court to be tried

  60. Nabeela
    September 29, 2006 at 3:12 AM

    Your post really got to me. I always saw the Darfur pictures and videos in the news but they were all accompanied with a journalist’s reports. But this post carried emotion with it. I really hope Ibrahim and his people get through this alive and hope their lives are restored as soon as possible.

  61. Mona
    October 1, 2006 at 6:48 PM

    I found your article through a discussion in one of the forums and it showed me the real picture of Darfur. Hearing it from reporters and hearing about it from a personal account is different. Thank you for bringing this up and I hope the fighting stops as soon as possible.

  62. Seri
    September 29, 2006 at 5:19 PM

    I am appalled by what I hear about darfur everytime. It reminds me so much about the Bosnian crisis in the last decade and how no one helped until many had died. And just now the criminals are brought to justice. it is sad how criminals can get away with such crimes and how it takes justice more than a decade to bring them in to courts. no one has to suffer like this.

  63. Abraham
    October 1, 2006 at 3:46 AM

    Indeed it’s a great tragedy to witness genocide, but what can the ordinary citizen do? Petitions will only be ignored by those in power and until they are satisfied and reach their personal goals they rarely look at the real world. There is light at the end of the tunnel though, I’ve heard news of the US secretary sending a clear message to the Sudanese government. I hope this is the beginning to a long term solution.

  64. October 1, 2006 at 8:12 PM

    “I believe being a leader is pretty tough and sometimes trying to get involved in a conflict in someone else’s country is risky. But what baffles me is sitting idle and not challenging the Sudanese government to put an end to this by allowing UN troops. Are there any good leaders left?”
    I guess this is kind of off-topic now but there are no doubt a number of good leaders, just not political leaders. Many people are clearly trying to help (AU, Amnesty International, etc.) but they don’t have enough resources, money, or power to stop it, unlike many political leaders, who could stop it but don’t.

  65. Sam
    October 2, 2006 at 1:42 PM

    Nat: Millions around the globe knew little of what’s going on in Darfur. I also lost faith in petitions, since the one’s they are intended for are the same ones ignoring the situation.

    Robby: The Sudanese leader won’t budge from his position on denying the UN access to Darfur. His excuse is that allowing foreign troops is a threat to his nation’s sovereignty…lame if you ask me.

    Muslima: Darfur can be stopped before it reaches the level of Rwanda. I wonder how many more deaths have to happen before other leaders act against Bashir of Sudan.

  66. Sam
    October 2, 2006 at 1:47 PM

    Stephanie: Thanks for stopping by. The crisis there is unimaginable…and I too have my doubts about petitions, but what do we have to lose? I’m glad that the US government has sent the Sudanese government some messages asking them to put an end to the situation though.

    David: I agree with you…hearing about such stories and not being able to do anything does give one a sense of guilt.

    Lisa: Those useless ones in power would rather focus on their own little internal problems than look at the bigger picture. There’s some hope now though; there is some diplomatic talk going on between Sudan and others as I’ve heard.

  67. Sam
    October 2, 2006 at 1:59 PM

    A: Next time, try reading the previous comments…you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.
    Pete: I’m glad you agree.

    Ameera: The US can do many things if it wants to…but at times like these, its true colors show. Double standards…

    Najma: I have no idea as to what the Sudanese leader hopes to gain from this, but it doesn’t look good. The world never took notice of Rwanda back in the 90’s, same here.

    Nabeela: We all hope this ends soon…thanks for stopping by.

    Bill: I just don’t understand how many deaths it takes for something to be called genocide. I’m looking forward to the day Bashir is tried for war crimes, if it ever comes.

    Seri: I don’t even know if Bashir will be tried for all of this…but I sure do hope so.

    Abraham: I’ve heard so too…but I have my doubts as to what could be done to coax the Sudanese leader to allow the UN.

    Mona: You’re welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed the read.

    Agent KGB: You’re right; there sure are a number of good leaders…although none have the means or power to do something. What ticks me off is the level of ignorance those powerful leaders are showing.

  68. Loren
    October 2, 2006 at 5:13 PM

    I enjoyed reading your article

  69. Eddie
    October 2, 2006 at 6:51 PM

    Sam you have a nice article here. Do you mind if I use it for an assignment I have? Don’t worry I will cite your webpage and let everyone know where I got it from. Thanks

  70. October 3, 2006 at 4:51 AM

    The US has sent some serious messages across to the Sudanese government. This will end soon hopefully. The world has seen enough already.

  71. Harry
    October 10, 2006 at 1:14 PM

    After much talks, Sudan has finally agreed to let some UN troops in, but it’s not enough to fix up the problem. I still don’t see why a full UN existence there is a threat to the government. its not like the UN will try to overthrow the government.

  72. Abu Ali
    October 11, 2006 at 7:34 PM

    Darfur is no different from Bosnia and Rwanda and the news doesn’t even speak about it. Even if Sudan’s leader allowed some of the UN troops in the region it still woudn’t be enough and people would still die in great numbers. The charities and organizations that work there can only care for the sick and injured but there is a limit to what they can do and its up to the strong peace force to stabilize the area. Sudan should have no excuse for not allowing UN troops to come to help.

  73. lightcontrast
    October 16, 2006 at 8:47 PM

    Sam, you said: “I just don’t know what’s so orgasmic in killing innocent women, men, and children that’s keeping Sudan’s heads of state from allowing peace troops to stabilize the region and restore the people’s dignity.”

    I think you might have answered your own question. It excites them, power makes them feel stronger, they need to dominate to get that high. They need to boost their egos.

  74. Exquisite Dreamz
    October 17, 2006 at 1:09 AM

    I cant believe it has been over 3 years and no one has done anything. People are still having silent moments for the jewish holocaust while there is another one going on as we speak. Humanity has come a long way and its all been a downhill fall as I see day after day of deaths

  75. October 17, 2006 at 1:23 PM

    Exactly! It excites them when they do this to people to feed their egos and feel superior to others. But sooner or later that domination will end and they will be brought down to justice.

  76. Tariq
    October 20, 2006 at 1:53 AM

    The central government doesnt care about Darfur otherwise they would have done something instead of waiting so long and not agreeing to peace troops. I am still amazed at how quick nations are to respond to fake allegations against Saddam and invade a whole country and then ignore a clearly visible genocide in Sudan and do nothing about it. Does Darfur need to have oil to be ‘invaded’?

  77. Craig
    October 22, 2006 at 12:16 AM

    Wow… such a rant about America. Is there no evil taht happens in the world that isn’t America’s fault? Give it a rest.

  78. Sam
    October 22, 2006 at 2:15 AM

    If you read closely, this ‘rant’, as you put it, is actually about Sudan and what it’s doing to the people of Darfur. But you did put forth a good question though…

  79. October 22, 2006 at 2:47 AM

    Actually Craig, the question is, ‘Is there an evil that happens in the world that isn’t America’s fault?’

    I’m American, and I am ashamed of what my own country has done and is still doing.

  80. Daniel
    November 2, 2006 at 3:34 AM

    I can’t believe people are still reading this. Don’t blame USA for what is going on in Darfur and if you have anything to say back it up with facts instead of just talking.

  81. African Queen
    March 23, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Add THIS to the problems facing Darfur. I can’t believe people can allow this to happen.


  82. May
    March 24, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    That link is not working. All it leads to is an empty page.

  83. Sam
    March 26, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    May: The owner of that site took the page down.

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