With food stocks burned or looted, the planting season already lost, and the rainy season rendering roads impassible through September, immediate and massive humanitarian aid, as well as disarmament of the Janjaweed
, is vital.
and government troops have used scorched earth tactics in the region in the hope of triggering famine.
leader and tribal chief, Musa Hilal (ST Photo)
THE racism of heavily armed Arab groups like the Janjaweed
has been blamed for much of Sudan's appalling violence.
attacks were often accompanied by Sudanese bombers and ground troops.
The government, which on Thursday rejected a UN Security Council resolution for the deployment of a 20,000-strong UN force in troubled Darfur, about a week ago launched a major attack reportedly involving thousands of troops and Janjaweed
militias in the northern part of Darfur.
gained an international reputation for atrocities, using arson, looting and rape to terrorize rebels and their supporters.
Members of the Janjaweed
militias have roots in nomadic groups and have been described as Arab or "Arabized"--but characterizing ethnic distinctions between Darfur nomads and farmers, who are often labeled black African, is not always easy.
The shocking figure does not include the thousands of civilian murders blamed on government troops in Sudan and their allies in the Arab Janjaweed
Al-Bashir denies the charges and has promised to disarm the Janjaweed
4m more have been displaced in Darfur, where UN officials say the Janjaweed
has carried out a scorched-earth campaign of ethnic cleansing against black residents.
Despite all the EU anguish over atrocities, and its repeated claims that it wants to intervene authoritatively on the world stage, the reality is that the EU is neither willing nor able to do very much to help the victims of the Janjaweed