Congressman Blasts Media for Sudan Apathy

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).


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U.S. Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) took the mainstream media to task for poor coverage of what he called “a really big story” on Thursday, September 22, at a hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) on human rights violations in Sudan. Wolf oversaw a morning of powerful testimonies about the National Congress Party (NCP) regime’s continuing atrocities in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, Darfur and other contested regions. He reiterated the need to support Sudan’s marginalized people in their efforts to bring change and noted the lack of media attention to the aerial bombardment, extrajudicial killings, government-orchestrated starvation, and arbitrary arrests that have been taking place since the NCP launched its attack on the Nuba Mountains, June 5, 2011.

Witnesses at the hearing were in agreement that Sudan’s problem is the Islamist regime in Khartoum. The first panel was devoted to Sudan’s refugee crisis. Jana Mason, senior advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, focused on Darfurian refugees who may have no home to return to, even if peace comes to Darfur. She said land ownership “was complicated.” But some describe the complication as Khartoum colonizing parts of Darfur with nomadic people groups from elsewhere in Sudan and the Arab world while continuing to perpetrate genocide on African inhabitants of Darfur.

Tom Andrews, former member of Congress and president of United to End Genocide, was the first witness on the second panel. Andrews, who has just recently returned from Sudan, called President Omar al-Bashir a “genocidal monster” and told of speaking to Darfurians who had sought refuge with the Nuba from Khartoum’s Janjaweed. These refugees now experienced new horror as Janjaweed galloped through Kauda, Kadugli and elsewhere in the Nuba Mountains with orders from al-Bashir to “sweep out the trash” and kill the Nuba “when you find them.” Andrews also spoke to Nuba priests who had fled to South Sudan, reporting house to house searches for Christians and supporters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) taking place. Christians are a special target of Khartoum in the Nuba Mountains and throughout Sudan.

Jehanne Henry, senior researcher on Sudan for Human Rights Watch, revealed that while U.S. response to the massacre taking place in Sudan was inadequate, it was more than that of the African Union and the U.N. Security Council. Neither of these agencies had yet even condemned Khartoum bombings. She also stated that there were reports of bombings and other atrocities taking place in Blue Nile State, another contested region, as well. Satellite photos from the Satellite Sentinel Project confirm these reports.

Omer Ismail, senior policy advisor for Enough Project, reported that the Satellite Sentinel Project had discovered “at least” eight mass graves in the Nuba Mountains. He urged Congress to look at the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and elsewhere in the larger context and “address the source, not the symptoms.” “The U.S. must listen and respond to the voices for change in Sudan,” he urged, noting that the same international community that became so heavily involved in Egypt and Libya because of government oppression “should have been there” for Sudan from the time of the genocide in South Sudan.

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  • Jim

    The secret to getting media support for the Christians and Animists of southern Sudan is to have the southerners blame every thing on Jews and America.

    The "Mouse That Roared"

  • Chezwick_mac

    Wolf is great. What a breath of fresh air…a Congressman who is actually aware of the world as it is.

    In Libya, we give material support to radical Islamists with terror ties who then – with our help – overthrow a despotic government; in Sudan, we turn our backs on a nascent non-Islamic polity fighting for its life.

    I'd say our priorities are ever-so-slightly skewed, wouldn't you, folks?

  • mrbean

    If blacks could apply their ability to make excuses to any other endeavor they might actually achieve something. So American blacks complain that they're useless because of slavery. But you can point to Africa and find blacks that seem to be even more useless. In fact, the article below does a good job of describing what a total sh*thole Africa is. War, starvation, complete lack of sanitation or technology, dying from preventable diseases, etc. Blacks would be a lot more tolerable if they would just admit their uselessness instead of using their very limited intelligence to come up with ridiculous excuses. Here is proof about life in the Sudan.

  • http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com Mark

    Part of the answer is to look at where in the world Obama and the US State Department are stone dead quiet. Once you look at those issues and see who else is there, you can identify who or what the administration is trying to not upset. That is, Iran. http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/07/saudi-da

  • mrbean

    We should intervene for this? No way!
    http://www.sudanforum.net/showthread.php?t=109721

  • Linda Rivera

    Omer Ismail, senior policy advisor for Enough Project: “The U.S. must listen and respond to the voices for change in Sudan,” he urged, noting that the same international community that became so heavily involved in Egypt and Libya because of government oppression".

    Obama made a special point of inviting U.S. leaders' favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America was instrumental in ousting U.S. ally, MODERATE Mubarak and massively empowering the Muslim Brotherhood whose goal is the destruction of civilization. Predictably, things have become extremely grim for Egypt's Christian Copts.

    Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, properties and churches has increased enormously. The kidnappings of female Christian children by Muslim males has also increased enormously. G-D help Egypt's Christians. THERE IS NO ONE TO HELP THEM!

    Because of US/FRANCE/UK/NATO fighting the war for Libya's rebels and winning the war for the excessively cruel Islamists, every single day is HELL ON EARTH for Libya's blacks. They live in daily fear. THERE IS NO ONE TO HELP THEM! US/FRANCE/UK/NATO continue fighting the war for the Al-Qaeda linked rebels. G-D help the Black people!

  • Linda Rivera

    Your despicable racism against blacks is revolting.

  • Linda Rivera

    For the media to remain silent, and for the nations to not help the desperate, terrified blacks in the Nuba Mountains and other areas of Sudan is to AID and ABET the wicked crimes, atrocities and genocide of the black people by Khartoum's Arab Islamic government. It is unforgivable and evil.

    SILENCE IS CONSENT

  • Linda Rivera

    Hundreds of thousands of Black Christian children and women have been taken for slaves by Sudan's Arab Muslims.

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP4Fcx7AE_o

    May every slave be free one day!

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