Fr. Peter J. Daly
July 5, 2004
in your parish talking about
Why? Because a great crime against humanity is taking place there right now. The crime is “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide” depending on your terminology. It is being carried out by official, government-sponsored, thugs known as the Janjaweed. They call themselves a militia. They are, in fact, gangs of criminals. They are backed up by Sudanese government agencies, including government aircraft.
This ethnic cleansing is taking
place in the
Like most of the rest of
In simplest terms this is racially motivated ethnic cleansing. Light skinned Arabs killing darker skinned blacks. Moslem killing Moslem.
The modus operandi of the Janjaweed, according to press accounts, is simple and horrible. Government planes bomb the villages. The militia, on horseback, go into the villages. They kill or drive out all the men. They systematically rape the women, telling them repeatedly that they are slaves and that they want to make a “light baby.” They then burn the towns to the ground and destroy the fields and crops so that there will be nothing to return to.
The Washington Post reported that
more than 1.2 million people have been driven from their homes. Several hundred
thousand have fled
Some camps have been set up inside
According to press accounts, it is entirely possible that as many as a million people may starve to death by the end of the year if something is not done to get aid to them before the annual rains come.
In June, Secretary of State Colin Powel and U. N. Secretary General Kofi Annan visited some of these internal refugee camps. Both men knew that these were staged visits to show camps, just like the camps the Nazis used for tours by the Red Cross. But even in these “show” camps, the conditions were horrible.
On June 30, the Washington Post
reported that there is a systematic campaign of rape against
To date the international community has been reluctant to call this “genocide.” This is because the term is freighted with meaning. Under international law nations must respond if they know that genocide is taking place.
years ago, to the shame of the whole world, the international community stood by while half a million people were
It is a
nightmare to think that it is happening again. In the name of God we should cry
out to heaven to stop what is going on in
Why am I writing about it? I don’t want it said that I did not at least raise my voice in protest.