A free public talk, entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy andGenocide in Western Sudan: A Sudanese Native Perspective,”will be presented by Dr. Elnour Hamad, assistant professor of artat Eastern Washington University. The event will take place Friday,Nov. 19, in the JFK Auditorium.
Here is a little background information on the importance ofthis discussion.
Since 1983, the country has been ravaged by a civil war betweenthe mainly Arabian and Islamic government in Khartoum and thepredominantly African, non-Islamic rebels of the SudanPeople’s Liberation Army.
A fellow Easterner columnist, Yodit Gaim, previously discussedthe tragedy of Sudan in her brutally sincere article, “Thebeginning of a modern Holocaust,” which cited the Marchattack by the Janjaweed (Arab Militias), when “Seventy-fivepeople were killed, and yes, a hundred women were brutally raped,six in front of their fathers, who were killed afterward. Then afurther 150 women, along with 200 children, werekidnapped.”
Most recently, in October, Sudan denied a report from the WorldHealth Organization, which estimated that at least 70,000 peoplehad died in the refugee camps, primarily from poor conditions.However, that number did not include those killed in the fighting,including militia and government attacks on villages or refugeeswho were fleeing.
According to Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, state minister ofhumanitarian affairs in Sudan, the numbers are incorrect.
“It is less than 10 percent,” said Ibrahim, whenreferring to the report.
Are you kidding me?
This war is indeed becoming the most hateful infringement ofhuman rights in recent memory. Sudan is on par with the”ethnic cleansing” of Bosnia.
Damn, I hate that definition. These countries are stillsuffering from the damage of the Cold War, and the U.S. will becomeinvolved even though it might be too late.
Dr. Hamad’s discussion promises to be a provocative andintelligent experience, and I urge all Eastern students toattend.