“The Forgotten Genocidal War in Darfur Revealed in New Satellite Photos”
The Daily Beast (March 24, 2014), by Akshaya Kumar and Jacinth Planer (Satellite Sentinel Project)
Commentary, Eric Reeeves
Violence, including deliberate aerial attacks on civilians, has been increasing for more than two years in Darfur. The past few months, however, have seen a dramatic escalation in that violence, threatening millions of displaced Darfuris and those without access to humanitarian assistance. Both numbers are increasing at a shocking rate, and humanitarian organizations continue to retreat before intolerable insecurity. Many are on the verge of withdrawal. Only three percent of those working for relief organizations are expatriates; 97 percent are Sudanese nationals, often overwhelmed by the tasks confronting them and the massive influx of displaced persons.
The international community has preferred to look away, leaving security to an utterly incompetent UN/African Union “hybrid” force (UNAMID). But alarm bells are finally going off—too late for far too many who have died from more than ten years of violence and the consequences of violent displacement. Satellite imagery from the article noted above gives a glimpse of the brutal nature of current violence.
The world’s continued reliance on a radically incompetent security force in Darfur ensures that morbidity and mortality will escalate dramatically, especially during the coming rainy season.
“Genocide by attrition” in Darfur never ended, and now events are being likened to those of the most violent early years of the genocide. But the belatedness and inadequacy of international responses—these have been the shameful hallmark of the Darfur catastrophe, and no amount of more unctuous hand-wringing will change this.
“Genocide by Attrition in Darfur”
The Washington Post, April 6, 2008 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/04/AR2008040403087.html
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