Darfur Genocide

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan speaks to displaced Sudanese women at the Zam Zam refugee camp outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan. Annan is visiting some of the camps serving as temporary shelters for civilians displaced by a vicious ethnic struggle that began 16 months ago. An estimated 1 million black Africans have been displaced during the conflict with Arab militias backed by the Sudanese government.

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Sudanese displaced women wait to receive food at the Kasab Internally Displaced People's camp near Kutum, Northern Darfur, Sudan. The government today summoned senior UK and German diplomats to protest at "threats to national security" after the EU and US pushed a draft resolution at the United Nation to impose sanctions on the pro-government militia accused of mass killing and rape in Darfur. More than a million people have fled their homes and up to 50,000 have died and aid agencies warn that thousands more could die in refugee camps from disease and starvation unless help arrives immediately. The pro-government Arab militias - or Janjaweed - are accused of ethnic cleansing against the black African population though the Sudanese government denies backing them.

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Wednesday 4 AugustA Sudanese woman holds a copy of the Quran in Khartoum during a state-orchestrated rally against the U.N. Security Council resolution that has given Sudan 30 days to disarm and prosecute pro-government Arab militia, called Janjaweed, who have driven around a million black Africans from their villages in the Darfur region of the country. Nearly 100,000 protesters, including several government ministers and senior politicians took to the streets in the government-organised march saying they were ready to die in a jihad if any foreign troops entered the country. The UN resolution implicitly threatens to impose sanctions if the government does not stop atrocities in Darfur at the end of 30 days.

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The Unmourned Dead The on going genocide of non-Arab Darfurians by the state backed Arab militias called janjaweeds have left nearly 2,00,000 people dead and more than a million homeless. Our web columnist Arshad Alam asked, "Why is it that the Muslims only raise a hue and cry when the perpetrators of violence happen to be America or Israel but choose to look the other way when Muslim regimes do the same?" But then even the media did not cover the horrendous tragedy with any seriousness.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir reviews army soldiers during his visit to Darfur's capital of al-Fasher, Sudan on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. He remains brazen and defiant and said he won't be cowed down by his indictment on genocide charges nor allow it to distract him from the search for peace in troubled Darfur. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has charged al-Bashir for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008
Hundreds of protesters raise their painted hands as they gather outside Sudanese Embassy in London for a rally calling for the end of crisis in Darfur and to mark the 5th anniversary of the start of the crisis in Darfur.

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