African Action, one of the oldest online African activist sites present a report which looks at the similarities between the US response to Rwanda and it’s present response to Darfur.
A Tale of Two Genocides: The Failed U.S. Response to Rwanda and Darfur:
In a broader sense, the failed response to Rwanda and now to Darfur indicates a shameful negligence on the part of the U.S. when it comes to saving African lives. In the realm of U.S. foreign policy priorities, Africa is most often absent or marginalized, and the human cost of this myopia is most clear in the death toll of these two genocides. In Rwanda in 1994, the Clinton Administration was more focused on the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, and was still reeling from the disastrous U.S. intervention in Somalia the previous year. In Darfur at present, the U.S. is focused more urgently on the crisis in the Middle East, on the war in Iraq and on the so-called “War on Terrorism”, which are estimated to be more pressing policy priorities than genocide in Africa.
Whilst this report specifically highlights the actions or non-action of the US in Rwanda and in Darfur it has to be emphasied that the broader international community, the Arab League and the African Union have all, implicitly or explicitly, acquiesced to Khartoum and as such abandoned the people of Darfur.
In Madrid we are targeting the Sudanese embassy. We will make a performance in the street for media in front of the embassy and offer interviews. We are also doing some media work in national and local media.
Campaigns will also be held in:CoruÃ±a, Albacete, Alt EmpordÃ¡, AvilÃ©s, Bages, Barcelona, Burgos, Casteldefels, , GavÃ¡, Lugo, Llobregat Sud, Madrid, Maresme, Oviedo, Palencia, Salamanca, Sant Boi, Valencia, Valladolid, Viladecans, Vitoria y Zamora. For Andalucia you have: CÃ³rdoba and Sevilla