Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I can't say it enough - the USA media is not reporting the important story of Darfuris. People like me are trying to get the news out, but it needs to be reported by our news media. And since they are not, blood is on their hands. And on our President's hands.

Below is from While We Wait

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Day 119 - August 4th

The internally displaced persons (IDP) in the largest camp in South Darfur, Kalma IDP Camp, have decided to get out tomorrow (Wednesday) in a demonstration. A leader in the camp, Sheikh Ali Tahir, told Radio Dabanga this morning that they decided to protest the report of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, General Scott Gration, and his presentation in front of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (last week) about the situation in Darfur and his friendly policies towards the Government of Sudan (GoS). The Leader said that the camps are simmering with rage towards the Special Envoy's lies and that his words will only prolong their suffering and misery in the camps. He added that the Special Envoy is rewarding Sudanese President Omar al Bashir and his government (GoS). The leader, Sheikh Ali Tahir, said further that General Gration should be replaced as Special Envoy to Sudan and Darfur.

Pro Government of Sudan (GoS) armed individuals entered the Hasahisa IDP camp (West Darfur near Zalengie) last night and started shooting in the air rounds of bullets, a refugee in the camp told radio Dabanga this morning. The Refugee said the residents were terrified all night. He added saying that the intention of the GoS is to drive the residents out of the camp and dismantle the camp.

Armed militias riding in vehicles started looting the neighborhoods of Elwadi, Sabrin, and Shamm Elnassim in Nyala (capital of South Darfur). A victim of the incident said that people were running saying that pro GoS militias are robbing people on the streets and broke into many homes. The victim told Radio Dabanga that the armed men on the vehicle caught up with him with others and robbed them their cellular phones. The victim told Radio Dabanga that he and others went to the police and the police told them that there is nothing they could do except recording the incident.

The IDP in the camp of Fatta-Barno in North Darfur (near Kutum) were visited by the Assistant of Al-Bashir, Nafi Ali Nafi, during his tour through Darfur, A leader in the camp told Radio Dabanga. The leader added that the IDPs told Nafi that the reports of their voluntary returns are lies by the local government officials and there are no returns by any refugees to the destroyed villages. The Leader said to Radio Dabanga that after the visit, the GoS cut off humanitarian aid from the camp. The Leader said the GoS started by cutting off the supply of fuel that powers the engines of the water pumps. Now the fuel is purchased by money collected by people pitching (in the camp and outside from the neighboring villages), the leader reported.

An IDP leader in a camp near ElGeneina (West Darfur) told radio Dabanga that the GoS started to build training camps on the lands of the refugees for the Chadian rebels. The leader said that the camps are built in the area of Tendeki. ElGeneina district is on the borders with Chad. The Leader told Radio Dabanga that the Chadian Rebels in the area of Tendeki are abusing the civilians in that area, he added that he has received many reports of looting and rape.

On April 8, 2009, it was reported that General Scott Gration, the US Special Envoy to Sudan, proposed a resolution to fill the gap left by the Government of Sudan's decision to expel 16 aid groups from Darfur. The purpose of this blog is to provide daily updates on how Darfuri lives are affected as they wait for aid to be restored.

Updates and comments about the crisis are provided by Mohamed Suleiman, a US-based Darfuri with a broad network of Darfuri contacts from the Diaspora and from IDP camps in Sudan and refugee camps in Chad. For additional information, visit http://www.savedarfur.org/section/heroes_archive/octobers_darfur_heroes/


Darfur: We Won't Get Fooled Again from Darfur on Vimeo.



Rahma Profile from iActivism on Vimeo.


Fast for Darfur

Contact Information for Key U.S. People
Regarding Darfur, Sudan

President Obama

You can also write to the President at:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

President Obama can be called:


The White House comment line is available
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays


Vice President Biden

When I went to his link and contact information, it took me to this

Vice President Biden's mailing address:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Main address:
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Link to contact information:

Email form for Secretary of State Clinton:


UN Ambassador Susan Rice

140 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
(212) 415-4000

Link to contact information:


Scott Gration

may not be worth the effort.


Foreign Relations committee members


USA elected politicians contact information at this link:

Senate Sub-Committee on African Affairs
At this link are the members' names, email addresses and phone numbers:

Sub-Committees listed:


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