I’m writing because I really really need your help. The genocide in Sudan has taken a much worse turn, militias are
burning people–children and adults–in what can only be described as
mob psychology. What was a “Rwanda in slow motion” because the genocide
was being carried out by an engineered famine and epidemic, is no
longer going slowly. This is starting to feel like Rwanda all over
again, as the frenzy builds up.
Obasanjo of Nigeria flew last night to Sudan. The betting is that he
will give the Sudanese government an ultimatum: either you “invite” the
African Union in now, with substantial troops–or the AU and allies
will enter against your will.
It is very important today that the world show support for getting
in and stopping this genocide process now. The resources are in place.
The African Union has an initial group of 300 troops ready to go, with
Dutch planes flying them in. Nigeria and Rwanda have pledged more. The
French military started patrolling the border of Chad yesterday, to
stop the militias from raiding the refugees camps serving those who can
escape from Sudan. The British have 5000 troops on alert. The US
administration has, we are told by insiders, approved funding for a
military/humanitarian rescue, has approval from congressional leaders,
and communicated this to Kofi Annan last weekend.
What is not happening is anyone pulling the trigger. If Obasanjo
cannot get Sudan to accept troops–and/or if Obasanjo cannot get the
African Union members to approve troops against Sudan’s wishes, then
someone will need to act, and act very very fast–like in the next few
Passion of the Present is posting updates every few hours:
http://passionofthepresent.org It also has links to news sources
that are current to the minute, are are sourced both here and in
Zephyr Teachout is doing the posting right now. If you want to connect with her,
put comments on the site. If you want to read one post that says it
all, read her’s here: