What can the U.S Do? The U.S. government needs to become involved in the current genocide happening in Darfur, we need to protect innocent civilians and make right what we didn’t do in Rwanda in 1994. If the U.S citizens were the victims of genocide, We would need help from other nations to stop a tragedy of that magnitude. The citizens of Darfur should be no different and are humans who need help, the color of their skin shouldn’t matter, innocent citizens should always be protected. In a time of need other countries would come to the United States rescue, this is no different and should come to Sudan’s Protection.
Firstly, Informing yourself about the problem in Sudan is the most Important thing for you to do. Getting all the facts and information straight will help you understand the problem and its history. Writing to your local newspaper will be helpful to request articles relating to Sudan so the attention can be spread across your town or community and hopefully will become widespread more and more. Raising awareness around your community by speaking about the situation and have friends view a video pertaining to the genocide called “Darfur Destroyed” this is a graphic depiction of what is actually happening. Writing to U.N council members, writing to the U.N security council, the Sudanese government, and contacting a elected official in your local area, addresses can be founded on the internet.
In Darfur the crisis is a very serious matter, an estimated 5,000 civilians die every month. This is two and a half years into the crisis and nobody has still taken action to send troops and take military action to stop this atrocity. Peacekeeping forces have been sent but need to take a year to arrive and peacekeepers cannot take military action, so the action they can take is limited. The total mortality rate as of now is between 600,000-800,00 people dead. More than 3-4 million citizens needing food and medical assistance, and the mortality rate is said to increase, so help in that region is needed right away.
The conflict is mainly between the two groups the Janjaweed and the African Sudanese, The Janjaweed is killing the local Africans as a ethnic cleansing, mostly racial motivated, and a power struggle. The Sudanese government has there own rebel groups, but the Arab Janjaweed militias have also fought the Local rebel groups but during this period they have also attacked civilians. The conflict initially began in early 2003 when local African rebel groups broke out against The Sudanese government claiming they were oppressed and Arabs were favored The government denies the ties to the Janjaweed saying they have launched rebel groups of their own but they don’t’ acknowledge or try to help the situation of genocide happening to the natives of the land.
Janjaweed militias raid the homes, towns and villages that the locals occupy, and most have fled for there safety to camps for food and water. The Janjaweed patrol the camps looking to kill men and rape the women If they move too far away from these camps that try to give relief. Workers in the Darfur nation have gave estimates that thousands upon thousands of locals are at risk for starvation and diseases, and a million children are threatened by malnutrition. Many civilians have gone to neighboring Chad who has remained a policy of neutrality and has let the civilians stay there.
There is no straight answer to when this genocide in Sudan will end, political and military action must be taken in order for it to stop. The Sudanese government also needs to get involved and stop the horrors happening to their own civilians. Either to make a peace offering, or stopping the rebel groups from killing. Sudan needs to release its own peacekeepers to help the civilians, and the U.S peacekeepers need to arrive as soon as possible. Everyone needs to do something write a letter to the U.N, attend peace rallies, one is approaching in Washington on April 30 th.