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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Powell: Genocide in Sudan

USA Today:

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualify as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region — a determination that should pressure the government to rein in the fighters. Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the conclusion was based on interviews conducted with refugees from the Darfur violence as well as other evidence. "We concluded that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed (Arab militias) bear responsibility — and genocide may still be occurring," he said.
Hopefully this will begin the process to stop these horid abuses. While I wish the response had been swifter, and still wish that we were being even more forcefull about this situation, at least we can say we are handling this better than Rwanda (faint praise, but progress is progress).


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