In Darfur, pledges of ‘never again’ ring hollow in the face of genocide

By USCRI May 28, 2024

Eskinder Negash


This April, world leaders grimly marked the one-year anniversary of the conflict engulfing Sudan.

Countries pledged more support for humanitarian aid and relief. The United Nations and others pleaded with the warring parties for the violence to stop. Yet, Sudan is already headed toward a new cataclysm, another dark chapter in the war with no end in sight.

A paramilitary group called the Rapid Support Forces has surrounded El Fasher in North Darfur. The city is the last major urban center in Sudan’s vast Darfur region still under the control of the Sudanese Armed Forces, the army that the RSF has sought to defeat for more than a year.

Civilians are trapped in the city and afraid of being killed should they attempt to flee, according to the United Nations. Supplies have dwindled, as the city is cut off from outside humanitarian aid.

Every week, the world gets a broader sense of the crimes occurring in Darfur.

Human Rights Watch released a massive new report detailing widespread crimes against humanity by the Rapid Support Forces and allied militias targeting non-Arab populations in West Darfur. This campaign of ethnic cleansing has left thousands of people dead and displaced thousands more.

Sudan’s Darfur region has grappled with this sort of communal violence before. In the early 2000s, the Janjaweed — the Arab militias that were the precursor to the modern RSF — waged a campaign of terror across the landscape, targeting entire villages with annihilation.

Genocide in Darfur became known across the world as celebrities and others used mass media to draw attention and demand accountability for the crimes.


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