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New Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) images from March 17, 2014 show approximately 150 recently destroyed homes on the western side of the Darfuri town of Saraf Omra,* where Janjaweed fighters are once again wreaking havoc. The patterns of destruction to separate areas lead DigitalGlobe imagery analysts to conclude that the damage to Saraf Omra was intentional—not accidental.
This op-ed was originally published by USA Today, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
The only activity in the hospital compound in Bor, South Sudan, these days is the dozens of vultures circling overhead. In mid-January, rebel forces swept into the Bor hospital, killing everyone that could not escape. Underscoring its crime, the group collected and burned the bodies of its victims. All that remains are bloodstained shoes, charred medicine vials, and overturned wheelchairs. Scorched patches of earth show where people were set on fire. When local residents are asked who was responsible, the answer is always the same: child soldiers of a militia called the White Army.
"Zimbabwean immigration officials barred the United Nations' torture investigator from entering their country and returned him to South Africa Thursday, an act he termed a 'serious diplomatic incident' that reflects a split in the coalition government.
'There are certainly some parts of the government who do not want me to assess the current conditions of torture,' Manfred Nowak angrily told reporters in Johannesburg upon arrival from Zimbabwe."
"Hybrid courts with Sudanese and foreign judges should investigate violence in Sudan's Darfur region, a report by ex-South Africa leader Thabo Mbeki says."
"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment that the invitation extended by the Zimbabwean Government to the United Nations independent expert on torture was suddenly revoked yesterday."
"US President Barack Obama formally renewed US sanctions on Sudan on Tuesday under his new strategy of keeping up pressure while offering incentives to the Khartoum government."
"A major rebel group on Tuesday rejected an African Union report on solving the six-year conflict in Darfur.
The report by a panel of African 'wise men,' headed by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, recommended the establishment of a special court, including foreign judges, to try those charged with atrocities in Darfur."