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This op-ed was originally published in The New York Times, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
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.
This op-ed was originally published on VICE, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government’s direct role in creating the crisis.
"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."
"Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change Wednesday accused President Robert Mugabe of trying to tear apart a unity pact by threatening to replace cabinet ministers chosen by the former opposition."
"Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stay away from a conference in Nigeria where African Union leaders will discuss a report on the war-torn western province of Darfur, officials said on Monday."
"The party of Zimbabwe's prime minister said one of its security officials was beaten by the president's militants Tuesday, and said the attack was part of new violence unleashed because it has stepped back from the governing coalition."