I watched a movie last week with the title: Attack on Darfur. This movie got me so intrigued. I remember it was on a Saturday morning shortly before going to the market. I couldn’t even watch it all but images and questions kept flashing in my mind. I had no choice but to do a study.

The story of Darfur is a lot to put down in one post (it’s a little complicated too) so I’m gonna break it down into simple bits. Here we go:

Err Tosin I don’t know what or where Darfur is?

Darfur is a region in the western Sudan that has a population of about 6,000,000 ([1]).

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Darfur/images-videos

Geographically, it is about the size of Spain! (493,180 square km). It’s topography contains plains and sand hills, wadis (which are valleys that usually contain water), basement rocks and the Marrah mountains – the highest point of Sudan which has a temperate climate at its peak. And…

Just because I am a Nigerian I would add this – Darfur also has oil! Never believed a dry land could.

So what about Darfur?

A 21st Century Genocide. That’s what about Darfur.

A major war broke out in Darfur on February 2003 between the Sudanese government and some rebels groups (Sudan Liberation Mandate (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)). The main allegation being that the Sudanese government which was mostly controlled by the Arabs was oppressing the non-Arabs citizens. Something like the Arab Apartheid – segregating Arabs and non-Arabs with the non- Arabs being the victims.

The government responded to the rebel initial attacks using a funded Arab militia known as the Janjaweed, historic rivals of the SLM and the JEM, to:

‘systematically destroy the Darfurians by burning villages, looting economic resources, polluting water resources, and murdering, raping, and torturing civilians’. [2]

For 14 years now, the war has grown into a humanitarian crisis and Darfur as we speak is in a state of humanitarian emergency. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. The UN estimates the number of people killed to 300,000 (480,000 from other sources) and the number of people displaced by the war to 2,850,000 – 3,000,000.

The Attacks

Attacks on a Darfuri village usually begin with the Sudanese Air force strikes then the Janjaweed raids. The villagers who survived the air raids were either murdered or forced to flee. This reminds me of a scene from the movie where the Janjaweed armed with machetes were slaughtering men. I remember also how children were held in a hut and burnt down. It sad to know that they were and probably are still true.

Women and children are raped, dead bodies are thrown into wells to contaminated them (I also remember that scene) and entire villages were burnt down.

To make matters worse, the Sudanese government is restricting international aid and peacekeeping efforts have progresses very slowly.

What is this called? A 21st Century Genocide happening right under our noses?

I did not show any dead body picture to prevent nightmares but it’s worse than these pictures.

At a peacekeeping base in Darfur, wounded African Union soldiers are being carried to an helicopter for treatment. Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Darfur
Source: Wikipedia
Refugees that have fled passes a makeshift school. Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Darfur
Fleeing Darfuris. Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Darfur

Pictures of another burnt down village. Not less than 3,300 villages have been burnt down.

Source: Wikipedia

We would pause here for now. The next part of the Darfur series will drop soon. Prepare to know what organizations and people are doing.

But now I’d love to hear your comments.

Also please share on our social media platforms to get people to know.

xoxo

Tosin

Posted by:Tosin

Just a huge fan of sustainability.

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