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Thursday, July 30, 2009

SCOTT GRATION IS THE WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB - WRONG VOICE FOR USA


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Leaders IDPs Darfur arrested after refusing forced return

Posted on | July 30, 2009 |

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el-gereida-camp-pics1EL FASHER (31 July, 2009) – The leaders of the Internally Displaced People groups (IDPs) in Darfur have refused to cooperate in ‘voluntarily return programmes’ initiated by the government. After their refusal, local security officers came to El Gereida camp (South Darfur) and have arrested three IDP-leaders during the last three days. The leaders were approached by a local committee formed by the government authorities. They explained to the committee that they are not willing to return to their villages unless full security has been restored and the issues of compensation for lost properties and disarmament of militias have been resolved. The names of the detained leaders are Ali Abdel Nagi, Abdallah Mohammed Ibrahim and Mohammed Gamar al Din, all three from Al Gereida camp. The IDP leaders in El Geneina (Rhyad-camp) also told Radio Dabanga that they were approached by a similar type of government committee to return their people, but they refused to discuss since they discovered that their villages and land is already occupied by new settlers. The Abu Shok displaced community near El Fasher also refused to participate in any operation to return their people to the home areas. Sudan has signed international conventions that prohibit any forced return for displaced people and refugees.

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From Mohamed Suleiman:


The " Voluntary Return" program is one of the plans Gen. Scott Gration is pushing for. This is GoS - Government of Sudan - plan to dismantle the IDP - Internally Dispaced Persons - camps in a hurry to derail the ICC - International Criminal Court - warrant of arrest.

General Gration a few weeks ago in the camp of Kass asked the refugees to return to their villages to catch with the rainy season to farm the lands. The IDP leaders told him that their lands are occupied by the pro-GoS militias.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day 113 - July 29th

IDPs are accusing the national NGOs in Darfur ‘to merchandise their sufferings’, while gaining large amounts of money for their own benefits. One IDP leader in Abu Shouk camp told Radio Dabanga in detail how Zubair Charity is marketing the suffering of the IDPs to receive considerable money to siphon it. He says that the Zubair organization brought clothing for 2000 people. The packs were well wrapped and brought to the camp leaders. The charity stayed until they were filmed and photographed, but left before they unpacked the aid. After opening the parcels the clothes were dilapidated and turned out to be rags. After asking for explanation, the Zubair Charity refused to come back. The national aid campaign by Sudanese NGO’s started after 13 international NGOs were expelled from Darfur after the indictment of President Omar al Bashir.


Read more at Mohamed's blog: while we wait sudan

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