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Exclusive: First African American president to Promote Injustice in African CountryMohamed Yahya for Salem-News.com
Who has turned a blind eye to the suffering of Africans in Darfur?
(DAMANGA, Sudan) - As the victims and survivors of Darfur genocide, we are not surprised by the results of the Sudanese rigged, flawed elections that have been announced earlier this week, to declare a victory for Omar Al-Bashir, as a re-elected president to Sudan. But we are extremely shocked, and terribly dismayed for the support of some International Community members, especially the US, the UN, the African Union, the Arab League, the Muslim world and some European countries.
These are so painful; enormously unbelievable moments for us, after all the agony, grief for those beloved families, friends, relatives and people we lost; villages destroyed, our money, properties, and animals lost.
We have worked very hard for many years to fulfill justice and promote lasting peace, freedom and democracy in our country. Suddenly, our hopes and dreams were gone without ever coming true.
A man who orchestrated and perpetuated heinous crimes against humanity, committed war crimes; genocide, by wiping out more than 450,000 people in Darfur alone from 2003 to date, is now set to get away with it. He is to escape justice without accountability, even though he was indicted by the ICC-International Criminal Court, on March 4, 2009 with an arrest warrant issued for him and other suspects such as Ahmad Haroun, who has been promoted as Governor of South Kordoan, and Ali Kusheeb, the Janjaweed Leader.
In the first tenth of the 21st century, before the eyes of the world, Mr. Al-Bashir and his NCP have been rewarded and promoted for what they did in Darfur for over a decade of killings, raping, displacing and enslaving the innocent; for no reason other than their ethnic identity, culture, language and beliefs.
People who are born free and deserve to live free on their land have been targeted, and their oppressors set loose, free of charges. When Martin Luther King Jr. said "I have a dream" well, our dream doesn't comes true. He also said "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last".
But this time not for us... it is for Al-Bashir and the rest of the NCP - Killers. They are the ones who are set free at last. It is history repeating itself, from America to Darfur of Africa today.
As if our Humanitarian and civic rights leader, Dr. King voicing his powerful words again "It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds'. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt."
And guess what?
Who has turned a blind eye to the suffering of Africans in Darfur?
-- A man who claims to be in charge of change, democracy and the civil rights movement and inheritor of Dr. King's legacy.
-- A man of the same African descent, and the first African American president of the United States of America.
-- A man called "OBAMA" who promised to do as good as Mr. King did and claimed:" The United States has a moral obligation anytime you see humanitarian catastrophes.
"We can't say 'never again' and then allow it to happen again - as President of the United States, I don't Intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter." BARACK OBAMA
Unfortunately, President Obama and his administration, specifically, General Gration have deliberately ignored and turned a blind eye to Darfur and supported the indicted president Al-Bashir and his notorious regime financially, logistically, and technically for the Doha negotiations and the manipulated stolen elections that were boycotted by Darfuris and major parties in Sudan and by most American people. But Obama's White House says: "Okay" to the Sudan's rigged elections despite the fraud, harassment, blocking the opponents, forcing voter registration, bribes, intimidation, coercion and all kinds of rights violations and theft of free choices.
Furthermore, Al-Bashir has been given a green light to win an election without competition, and he later claimed victory to wash his bloody hands. This happened while the so-called United Nations Security Council remained silent, following the US with no rejections or objections.
At the end of the day, only the people of Darfur are paying the price because the Sudan government and the Janjaweed are to this day continuously attacking Darfur; bombing the remaining villages. They have escalated the situation significantly after the election's results announced last Monday April 26, 2010, after threats of demonstrations by the angry civilians rejecting election results declaring Al-Bashir's victory. Since then, extensive troops are surrounding all cities, villages, and camps, and are blocking roads with people kept hostage in their homes. The forces of injustice are declaring defacto martial law and effecting restriction of movements, especially in El-fasir, Al-geneina and Nyala. This is in addition to uncountable numbers of casualties that continue to be reported.
Overall, there's no clear Indication of the US and its allies policies regarding Darfur and Sudan at this time, or why such vicious action has been allowed to go on without protest. But it seems to be their focus is on the CPA Implementation and the South 2011 referendum. That is more important to this administration than Darfur and the rest of Sudan. They wanted to separate the country and keep it apart, instead of being united in one Sudan. They have ignored the best and most logical fair solution by isolating/changing Al-Bashir's NCP regime, which is the real threat and the reason for Sudan's separation. The US-led world is determined to pursue a foreign policy path that will lead to Southern Sudan's secession.
It is obviously about interest of oil resources as well as a religious factor that draws the attention of some in the Obama administration. There has been a significant growth of religious group lobbyists who have an interest in Southern Sudan, who are influencing events behind the scenes, as well as others who are shouting "Save Sudan, not Darfur." Some have even more outrageous views, and are jealously claiming that Darfur has gotten more attention than it deserves.
Some have ignored the fact that Southern Sudan has its autonomy governed by Southern Sudanis, enjoying a peace that Darfuris lacked under the control of the dictatorial fascist government of Al-Bashir, who has made Darfuris' lives a Hellish nightmare; suffering on a daily basis.
It is a bitter hipocrisy to discriminate against one nation in terms of religion, culture, language, ethnicity, or beliefs, repeating the same policy used by their oppressors. It is terribly sad to see things moving in the opposite direction at the expense of Sudanese people, specially Darfuris and South Sudanese themselves. No wise person would think for a moment that separation will give them more privileges than unity. Sudan is a unique country because of its strategic location, (previously) solid unity, rich and spectacular land in its holiness, and significant quantities of valuable, rare resources.
Some are trying to take an advantage of CPA as if it is a bible in everything, which is not now and never was perfect... It is a man-made law and could be amended for such useful adjustments to benefit all, not just a few, with respect and dignity. It is totally unjustified when you see the SPLM/A leader like the late Dr. John Garang, who fought for over twenty years, for ONE united Sudan from Nimoli south to Wadi Halfa north, and Algeniena of west Darfur to the Port Sudan in the East. As his priority and principal, he fought for and died for a united Sudan. He could have been satisfied with a referendum from the beginning - and stopped fighting and had what he wanted without more bloodshed - but he was one of the most charismatic and farsighted leaders Africa has ever had. Therefore, his famous statement is still ringing in our ears: "I need to see Sudan like a dish of Salad" all different colors; green, red, white, yellow and black. This great man died in a mysterious helicopter crash, gone with his secrets forever. God rest his soul in peace.
It is stunning and compelling when political decisions are directed against the people's will. We are against the policies of interests that defy human dignity, human rights, and liberty. It is a shame to see those who were shouting YES for justice yesterday, Saying NO today, or remaining silent. History will never forgive them. The whole world will never forgive them. It is shameful to accommodate the criminals and forget the victims.
We urge and ask President Obama of the most powerful country in the world - America, to reject this sham election, and support the ICC to enforce justice In Sudan against the barbaric fundamentalism before it is too late.
We also urge the special Envoy General Scott Gration to stop promoting the corrupted government in Sudan and its stolen elections. It is unfair to hold so-called "off the record" meetings in certain places to support the rigged elections and the Al-Bashir government.
We are so offended to hear the head of South Sudan Mission in the US, Mr. Ezekiel at the Corner Stone Church of Virginia this past April 25, 2010, supporting general Gration's description of the elections as "fair and free".
"We must do it on time to keep the referendum on time. We all knew who's going to win a year ago... if you don't know what the result's going to be, then you don't know anything" as General Gration stated, responding to audience's questions; even they knew it wasn't right.
Supporting the wrong outcome to justify the referendum, regardless how it will affect the whole situation in the country, will make a mockery of our shared commitment to justice, human dignity, and our universal human rights.
Alysha Atma spends many hours working on projects that support and benefit the belegured people of African nations who spend way too much time off the western media radar. This writer explains that she is a culmination of all her experiences, most importantly knowledge she says, and all that she still needs to learn; lessons of love, laughter and the extraordinary giving of both young and old. She says she has the enormous fortune of learning from the best; every person around her, and the amazing strength and fortitude of those she has never met but will always strive to listen to. "I continue to work and write because I believe in the power of community and the power of one, both contradictory to each other and yet can move together in a very powerful way. I feel a responsibility to use my place, freedoms and connections here in the US to stand up and yell for those who need my voice and actions. I have seen such strength in my fellow humans that I cannot even begin to comprehend, they have traveled distances, have gone without food, water, shelter and safety for days and weeks at a time. I have a responsibility as a fellow human to put our common humanity before anything else. Everyone deserves to look towards tomorrow, to dream of a safe future and to have a peaceful present." You can write to Alysha Atma at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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