Darfur: Doha donor conference for peace or for war
Filed Under: Opinion, World | Posted: 03/08/2013 at 2:55AM
Comments | Region: Sudan
The Hague March 8th, 2013 – Chairman of Darfur Regional Authority and leader of the Liberation and Justice Movement Dr al-Tigani Sessi arrived in The Hague, The Netherlands on March 4th. The top Darfur diplomat is currently touring several European and other western countries in his attempt to get support for the pending donor conference scheduled to be held in Doha on April 7th and 8th, 2013 to fund Darfur peace.
Since Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was signed in 2011 between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), hardly visible progress has been made in resolving the Darfur crisis. On the contrary, the situation of the IDPs ad refugees has exacerbated.
More people were killed, wounded, raped and displaced. Continuous aerial bombardments on civilian have never stopped. To make things even worse, government of Sudan has hosted extremist Islamic militants group from Mali after they have been defeated by French army.
After a decade of misery, destitution and profound suffering in refugee and IDP camps, several camp dwellers said they are in dire need of medication, education, clean drinking water and food, pointing that the international humanitarian aid organizations can provide their needs better as they used to before Sudanese authorities expelled 13 international aid groups in July 2009 working in Darfur accusing them of cooperation and false reports to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Still many Darfuris in the camps query whether the funds from the Doha donor conference will be to their advantage in the absence of peace and security or will be used by the government to fund its genocidal campaign or to fund al-Qaida operatives in Darfur to re-gain strong grounds.
It is certain that the top Darfur diplomat has have no intention to have a meeting with Darfur community in The Netherlands to enlighten them about the situation in Darfur. He has better things to do.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague indicted the president of the Sudan for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Other top officials indicted by the court are defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, South Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun and Janjawwed leader Ali Kushyb