Sunday, March 31, 2013

Further Violence in Darfur

While the conflict in Darfur has undoubtedly decreased in recent years, it appears that violence in the region is unfortunately on the rise once more. So far this year, government forces, namely the Border Guards, have displaced nearly 100,000 people and killed at least 500. The militants have been identified BY NAME and have been shown to be affiliated with the Sudanese Army or the Border Guards. Still, however, there is no justice for the victims of these horrible actions. Unless the militants are killed by villagers defending themselves, they get away without any repercussions. Multiple organizations, including Amnesty International, have called on Sudan to put the accused (once again, they have actual names of soldiers involved in the attacks) on trial. Sudan, however, has not responded to any of the pleas. The army soldiers appear to be conscripting ordinary men into makeshift militias to help with the attacks on citizens. They are being armed with heavy, military-issued weapons such as RPG's and heavy machine guns. The villagers only have small arms to defend themselves from the hordes of genocidists. It is unbelievable that, in 2013, genocide is still taking place and even more unbelievable that no one has stepped in to stop it. Of course, human rights groups have spoken up in support of the Darfur region, but no authority figure has heeded their warnings. If the conflict in Darfur is going to stop, the countries bordering the region need to intervene to save thousands of innocent lives. Until that happens, the killings will continue and violence will escalate to even more disturbing levels.

The article can be found here.

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