Kofi Annan loves to talk and talk. But, he only barks like a toothless bulldog. Because, he has failed to act with expediency in response to the emergency in Darfur. Exactly, the same lack of expediency caused the extermination of millions of lives in the Rwanda Holocaust and the same lack of expediency was responsible for the genocide in Bosnia and now in Darfur.
The US is also guilty in this case and has fooled the majority of Americans into the futile war in Iraq. Because, the Al Qaida led by Osama bin Laden was not operating from Iraq, but from Somalia and Sudan.
Now let me address the latest report on the situation in Darfur:
News Report: Attacks on villagers by government-backed militia of Arab heritage have raised the spectre of genocide in Sudan’s western Darfur region. In the south, the Khartoum government and southern rebels have officially ended Africa’s longest-running war -- a 21-year civil conflict that the United Nations estimates killed two million -- but the humanitarian crisis continues to fester, with more than 5.5 million people displaced from their homes. Simmering conflict in northeastern Sudan, the Nuba mountains of south Kordofan, the Southern Blue Nile and Abyei risk destabilising the country further.
My Commentary: The attacks on the innocent people in Sudan are masterminded by the Sudanese government and both the UN and the US can stop the genocide if they really want to. But, their inefficiency and lack of expediency have been exploited by the terrorist government of Sudan.
In a poll of "forgotten" emergencies released by AlertNet in March 2005, aid experts chose Sudan as the world's third-biggest neglected crisis. Here they explain why.
On the scale of the crisis in Darfur…
In nearly 40 years of traveling the world, I have not witnessed any crisis that so vividly combines the worst of everything -- armed conflict; acts of extreme violence; great tides of desperate refugees; hunger and disease combined with an unforgiving desert climate.
-Martin Bell British journalist, former lawmaker, UNICEF UK’s ambassador for humanitarian emergencies
On a U.N. panel’s finding there was no genocide in Darfur…
The Darfur situation is probably the more serious in that given what the U.N. Commission decided it is now open season and it is likely that the Janjaweed and the Sudan government may decide to continue to kill with impunity leaving the lives of 1.8 million people in absolute peril over the coming months.
-John O'SheaChief executive, GOAL, Ireland.
On media coverage…
I would like the media to continue to focus on Sudan. This seems to have fallen off the map a bit. It’s very telling how the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Sudan reached “only” £35 million -- perhaps this has not been as “real” to western public donors as the tsunami. Some human interest stories could help to refocus this.
-Juliette ProdhanActing regional humanitarian coordinator, Oxfam GB in East Asia
On the quality of life in southern Sudan…
"Southern Sudan," a U.N. official told me, "is still the worst place in the world to be born." The statistics do not contradict him. In education, literacy, and child malnutrition, southern Sudan ranks at the bottom of the world, and is near the bottom in all other social indicators. Most international attention is focused on Darfur, but southern Sudan suffers from a continuing humanitarian emergency.
-Larry ThompsonSenior advocate, Refugees International, USA
On the food crisis in southern Sudan…
Considerable diplomatic effort by the U.S., U.K., Norway and E.U. has gone into brokering the peace accord. Yet it will mean little to the people of Sudan unless they have enough to eat while they rebuild the war-ravaged south. Our operation there has just seven percent of the money it needs this year.
-James MorrisExecutive director, U.N. World Food Programme.
On Sudan’s other hotspots…
And if I can suggest another crisis, I'd be tempted to go for non-Darfur and non-SPLA parts of Sudan -- e.g., the Beja in the northeast and perhaps also Kordofan. A greater and more widespread understanding of groups such as these will be essential if the peace process is to achieve a lasting settlement in Sudan.
-George Graham Programme officer for East Africa, International Rescue Committee, UK .
The Sudanese government is telling lies that the leaders of their Janjaweed militias or bandits cannot be identified. Because, the government is providing most of the arms and Thuraya phones the Janjaweed terrorists are using in their criminal operations in Darfur. Because, they are being used as mercenary guerillas against the rebels in Darfur and other areas of conflict in Sudan.
The African Union (AU) is ill-equipped to end the genocide in Darfur. So, the UN and the US should take over the peace keeping operations in Darfur to disarm both the rebels and the Janjaweed mercenaries of the government in Sudan.