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Remaining Silent

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. .

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  1. The rhetoric is all against genocide in Darfur, while through the backdoor, the Sudanese government is making deals, as nobody disinvests.

    The oil changes the whole story in Darfur. Whatever pressure there is on Sudan is less than humanitarian.

    OT: See: Hotel Rwanda Falsehood . I’m interested in your opinion of this post.

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    Sokari

    Yes I believe you are right – there is no pressure against the Sudanese to change anything. We the people have not pressurised our respective governments to act and the bottom line is no African leader or the AU, no Arab leader or the AL and no Western leader cares a damn about what is happening there.

    The post “Hotel Rwanda Falsehood”. I think this is extremely revisionist and simplistic, has no objectivity and was written with the sole purpose of saying the genocide has been exaggerated by the production of this one film Holtel Rwanda which frankly in the scheme of things is not very important. I would rather listen to the voices and testimonies of those who experienced what happened than base my judgement on a movie or even a book unless it is a well researched historical account written by someone I trust and respect.

    The writer of the post is talking about one film and as I understand it Samantha Power. Although I have seen the film but not read anything by Ms Power so I do not base my judgement on either her or a Hollywood movie which as all movies plays with the truth in order to get whatever message it wants to get across.

    The point is genocide took place. By all means criticise the film which yes is sensational as all Hollywood movies are and criticise Samatha Power but to revise history by implying it didn’t take place on the scale reported is in my opinion untrue. I have read Dallaire’ account, Sunday at a pool in Kigali and have seen Sometime in April which I thought was a far better portrayal of reality than Hotel Rwanda.

    However for me the most important account on the Rwandan genocide comes from a compeltely different source. For a much more comprehensive and crtical understanding I suggest people read the one written by Mamhood Mamdani wrote ” When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and the Genocide in Rwanda” which provides an excellent well researched book on the genocide looking at it from pre and post colonial historical perspective, why it took place at this particular time, the relationship historically and at the time between Hutus and Tutsis. I note that his bibliography does not include this one book which says quite a bit to me

  3. Kingsdonn

    Oh Africa. How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look? God knows we are not naturally blood hungry but the situation in Darfur, Oh Allah. Africa please who are those that has got the land of milk and honey? Only Africa must love them selves. The game is clear. We dont need any war to prove our reign. NOTE: inferiority complex is a sickness that makes us to go abroad and take Alhaji as a title that means a foreigner when God the Allah dont see colour and for that they prefer to buy home, property abroad when they are President of a country.
    BLACK man we must work and respect our self or Darfur will allways be a place to get very cheap slaves even in 2020 by the pervased and wanna be Arabs who are too ignorant to think about there origin and very weak upstairs to ask them selves questions. Ofcourse, Bashir himself is brave, strong, inteligent but still have this infi-complex which made him to believe that he is an Arab and he must satisfy them with their blood thirsty dream of cleansing Africa even after collecting allmost the whole north of Africa. Oh ALAH, i know this is not why you gave us the land of milk and honey. Lets join hand and stop Bashir from this madness.