On he occasions of the 50th Anniversary of the 1st International Conference of Black Writers & Artists in Paris, Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka speaks on the genocide taking place in Darfur. Soyinka challenges the reader to look back in history to the anti-colonial movements of Negritude and Black Nationalism. He also reminds of the religious justifications used to trade in Africans by Europeans and Arabs but despite those historical memories he informs of us specifically of Leopold Sedar Senghor’s movement to embrace the Arab world which he called “Arabite”.
Soyinka believes the ethnic cleansings of the people of Darfur by he Sudanese government and their proxy army Janjaweed is linked to the historical trade in Africans by Arabs and the justification remains the same
“its claims of race superiority, complemented by the language of contempt and disdain for the indigenous African.”
The realities is that slavery of the past that was undertaken by individuals as a form of commerce has now been supplemented by actions of a modern state
acts in full confidence of the control of its own borders, and in a project for the alteration of the demography of a humanised space, its history, its cultural uniqueness — in short, a project for the eradication of its thriving humanity.
Even as we speak, even as the world is distracted by other heated zones all over the globe, one such project is taking place on the black continent, with the passive complicity of that continent’s rulers.
The latest report from Darfur is that the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has been expelled from South Dafur following last weeks forced removal of the Norwegian Refugee Council. More and more journalists and aid organisations are being expelled or forced to leave the region due to obstruction by the Sudanese authorties thereby leaving the people open to further genocide. .