Sudan Held A Genocide And Nobody Cared
February 23, 2005
I mentioned this in church a few weeks ago but here's some pictures of some of the victims of the genocide which is taking place in Sudan. The fact that we ignored the genocide in Rwanda, 937,000 people killed in 100 days mostly by machetes, only gave courage to the thugs running Sudan. If we ignore what's happening in Sudan we're sending an even stronger message that if you kill off troublesome ethnic or religious groups within your borders no one will lift a hand to stop you. Maybe someday they'll make a movie about what's happening in the Sudan. They could call it Hotel Darfur and we could all sit around watching it saying how horrible it all was. Here's a blurb from the New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof ( A free registration is required to read the article.)
The photo at the upper left was taken in the village of Hamada on Jan. 15, right after a Sudanese government-backed militia, the janjaweed, attacked it and killed 107 people. One of them was this little boy. I'm not showing the photo of his older brother, about 5 years old, who lay beside him because the brother had been beaten so badly that nothing was left of his face. And alongside the two boys was the corpse of their mother…
Last is the skeleton of a man or woman whose wrists are still bound. The attackers pulled the person's clothes down to the knees, presumably so the victim could be sexually abused before being killed. If the victim was a man, he was probably castrated; if a woman, she was probably raped.
There are thousands more of these photos. Many of them show attacks on children and are too horrific for a newspaper.
One wrenching photo in the archive shows the manacled hands of a teenager from the girls' school in Suleia who was burned alive. It's been common for the Sudanese militias to gang-rape teenage girls and then mutilate or kill them.
Another photo shows the body of a young girl, perhaps 10 years old, staring up from the ground where she was killed. Still another shows a man who was castrated and shot in the head…
The archive also includes an extraordinary document seized from a janjaweed official that apparently outlines genocidal policies. Dated last August, the document calls for the "execution of all directives from the president of the republic" and is directed to regional commanders and security officials.
"Change the demography of Darfur and make it void of African tribes," the document urges. It encourages "killing, burning villages and farms, terrorizing people, confiscating property from members of African tribes and forcing them from Darfur."
Perhaps we should do something about this. Read the entire article. ( A free registration is required to read the article.) Hat tip The Corner.