Regarding the letter from the Sudanese ambassador, Khalid Mustafa, stating that violence in Darfur is much reduced (Letters, 17 April), I find this dismaying and far from reality. As a survivor of the Darfur genocide, I – like millions of Darfuris – long for peace, but not the fictional peace portrayed by Mr Mustafa and his government to re-establish international relations or end its self-imposed isolation. The trouble in Darfur has never been about the fighting between rebel and Sudanese forces. It’s about the Sudanese government’s systematic burning of villages, slaughter of innocent citizens and orders for the rape of women and girls – acts resulting in the international criminal court’s indictment of President al-Bashir and others
Actually, violence has increased in 2016 and 2017, including allegations, brought by credible sources, of chemical attacks and rape. Attacks have been perpetrated by Sudanese armed forces, including the Janjaweed and Rapid Support Forces, against helpless internally displaced people. Just this past week, a camp was burned down.
Though the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (Unamid) now states, as its leader, Rodolphe Adada, did in 2007 that “the war in Darfur is over,” it is actually Unamid’s failure that has led its leadership to falsify success, disregarding the suffering of the people whose protection it is responsible for. Today, as Khartoum continues to isolate Darfur, more than 3 million Darfuris, languishing in camps for nearly 14 years, have had their lands reallocated to Khartoum loyalists.
Mr Mustafa must allow investigation into allegations of chemical use in Jebel Marra, return confiscated lands and disarm the terrorising government militias. President al-Bashir must turn himself into The Hague.
President and founder of Darfur Women Action Group, Washington DC, USA
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