Friday, July 23, 2004

The Sudan

Finally, the US calls for UN sanctions on the Sudan.  And the US House last night passed a resolution calling the situation genocide, although Colin Powell keeps insisting its not genocide.   

I doubt you know anything about this story.  I know very little.  Its an ethnic cleansing backed by the Sudanese government.  Black Sudanese in the Darfur region are being attacked by the Janjaweed, a group of Arab militants backed by the Sudanese government (although the government denies this support, its widely believed that the government actually established the Janjaweed).

About 30,000 have been killed (although that figure may be very, very low) and 1.2 million have been left homeless.  The rapes, I've read, are taking place with the specific intent of impregnating the black women with lighter skinned children, so the darker skinned people will be wiped out. 

Everyone involved is Muslim, so this seems to be a racial thing.

At any rate, it seems to be something Americans should be paying more attention to, but the US news media doesn't seem very interested.   The BBC is a good source for news on the Sudanese situation.


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