Darfur has missed out on the international community’s attention

By Yahya Arko

The international community seems to forget about Darfur, even though its people are still suffering from the Sudan regime’s brutality, a university student from Elfashir city, Darfur, believes.

“Every single day, you hear or see someone get killed somewhere in Darfur. Killing has never stopped since war erupted in Darfur, instead it is escalating on a daily basis because the Sudan regime is not willing to halt the war,” he said by phone from Darfur.

“Therefore we appeal to the international community to meet its obligation to prevent Khartoum regime killing us.”

This month, four members of the peacekeeping forces were killed in East Darfur. The Sudan government and its militia have become a threat to international peace and security. Therefore, the international community should find way to put end to this war, to hold the Sudan regime accountable for its crimes, the student said.

“Government simply would say to Janjaweed militia, ‘well done, you get them’,” according to the university student.

Last month in one day, Janjaweed militia murdered 71 civilians in the Hashaba area, 60 km from Kutum city, North Darfur.  Janjweed militia control Kutum city and they target civilian people around Kutum, they kill the people and loot their wealth’ he said.

The situation in Darfur is going from bad to worse, but unfortunately, the international community pushes the Darfur issue under the table even though people have been dying there for nine years. He said Darfuri people had enough suffering; the international community should do its job to save people’s lives.

Darfur is a region in Western Sudan where, in 2003, war erupted between rebel groups and the government of Sudan. The government of Sudan launched a military campaign against civilians and as a result, 1.65 million villagers have been forced to leave their homes and moved to internal displaced persons camps in Darfur. More than 200,000 sought refuge in neighbouring countries such as Chad, Central African Republic.

According to a 2005 British Parliamentary report, more than 300,000 people have been killed. As Jan Egeland, the UN emergency relief coordinator, has put it, “the number of those who have died from hunger and disease is 180,000 and the death toll is rising by about 10,000 per month”(Udombana 2005, p.1156).

Reference:

Udombana, N 2005, ‘When Neutrality Is a Sin: The Darfur Crisis and the Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention in Sudan,’ The Johns Hopkins University Press, vol.27, no.4, pp. 1149-1199

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