In the early 2000s, a brutal conflict in western Sudan between the government and rebels led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Darfuris, with millions displaced as refugees. In 2004, the United States declared Sudan’s actions a genocide.
After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely forgotten about Darfur. Unfortunately, the government of Sudan has not.
Because Sudan’s government routinely blocks journalists from going into the Darfur region and severely restricts access for humanitarian workers, any window into life there is limited. The government has hammered the joint peacekeeping mission of the United Nations and African Union into silence about human rights concerns byshutting down the United Nations human rights office in the capital, Khartoum, hampering investigators of alleged human rights abuses and pressuring the peacekeeping force to withdraw.
Just last week, the regime reportedly convinced the peacekeeping missionto pull out of areas it says are stable, hoping no one takes a closer look. As a result, mass atrocities continue to occur in Darfur with no external witness...
In Canada, we have our share of those who want a blind eye turned to the Darfur genocide, including in the fake "peace movement."
A Steering Committee member of the so-called Canadian Peace Alliance named Ali Mallah used his position as a public service union official to try to suppress criticism of the mass murders in Darfur. He claimed drawing attention to them was part of an "imperialist project" and an "Islamophobic" attempt to divide "Arabs vs Africans." One would have thought the genocide in Darfur was already evidence enough of that division, but that would make you "Islamophobic."