Darfur – Only “Remnants of Genocide”
June 17, 2009 1 Comment
Those words were spoken today by US Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration whose recent trip to Darfur did not convince him that a genocide is TAKING place – only that a genocide TOOK place.
Gration also remarked that the humanitarian gap caused by Sudan’s expulsion of major aid groups in March has been “essentially closed”.
Perhaps Gration is simply trying to exhibit optimism. Perhaps he’s out to improve the image of Sudan.
Whatever the reason behind his words today, I’m left confused.
Just two days ago, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice called Darfur a present “genocide”. Less than two weeks ago, the man who appointed Gration, US President Barack Obama, referred to Darfur as a ”genocide that’s taking place”.
How can people working together lack consensus on something like this? Yes, Darfur was a genocide in 2003. It was a genocide in 2006. And it is a genocide today. The means of carrying out the genocide may have changed but the motive is the same.