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Keeping up: Echoes of genocide

From a new report from ENOUGH via Coalition for Darfur:
A recent opinion piece in The Washington Post stated as “fact” that genocide has “concluded” in Darfur. However, the notion that there has been a definable transition “from genocide to anarchy,” as Alex de Waal and Julie Flint titled their piece, misses the broader context of the process that is underway in Darfur. The Darfur these authors melodramatically describe—a “murky world of tribes-in-arms and warlords who serve the highest bidder” —is precisely what the architects of genocide in Khartoum had in mind when, beginning in mid-2003, Sudan’s government set forth to destroy and displace the civilian support base for Darfur’s rebel groups. The promotion of anarchy and inter-communal (or, popularly, “inter-tribal”) fighting is part and parcel of Khartoum’s genocidal counter-insurgency campaign. The conditions in Darfur and eastern Chad today are not evidence of an end to genocide and the onset of an entirely new and different war—they are the echoes of genocide.
(Image: Nyamata Memorial Site skulls by Fanny Schertzer under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2)


Many people continue to ignore the struggle in Darfur. LeeAnn DeReus, a professor at Penn State and co-founder of Save Darfur: Central PA, recently traveled to Darfur and was able to hear many stories from female refugees in a camp in Chad.

WPSU-TV is conducting a program called Conversations from Penn State. In the program, DeReus took part in an in-depth interview about her experiences in Darfur and other work she has done. I have included the link to the video as you may find it interesting.

Please let me know if you share/post the video. Thanks!