Published on CommonDreams.org, by Suzanne Trimel of Amnesty International 212-633-4150, January 22, 2008.
Guns, Fear and Hopelessness Create Volatile Mix in Camps Sheltering One Million Displaced Darfuri Children, Amnesty International Says in New Report
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My comment: This all does not stop death crying Chadian crowds, when westeners try to safe some of these children. How long the humanity lets this yelling crowd decide over them? This all is a biggest shame for our – and their – elites. If we the people have not the right to act (belonging to laws created by our elites – see Zoe’s Arc) then I ask our elites to take their responsability. But they do not (even not our famous Sarkozy).
WASHINGTON – January 22 – As United Nations forces end their third week of operations in Darfur, Amnesty International today warned that the security situation for displaced people is on a knife’s edge with some 1 million children growing up displaced, hopeless and fearful, many in displacement camps awash with weapons – a potentially explosive combination.
The over 2.6 million people displaced by the Darfur crisis have been left largely unprotected. The African Union force that was supposed to protect them was outmanned and outgunned by often government-backed Janjawid and armed rebel groups who frequently attacked them.
About 1 million children are among the displaced, with most living in sprawling internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur, and others living across the border in eastern Chad in refugee camps the size of cities. The 12 refugee camps in eastern Chad are sheltering more than 240,000 Darfuri civilians forced to flee rampant violence. The Gereida IDP camp in Darfur, shelters 120,000 people. Another IDP camp – Kalma – shelters 90,000 …
… “Mahmud,” an internally displaced person in al-Jeneina, told Amnesty International: ”Women are still going out to collect firewood, which is a danger to them as they may be raped. But we men are still letting them go because the men who collect firewood may be killed.”
Amnesty International has called on the UN-AU Mission in Darfur to ensure the protection of the internally displaced by stationing units near each camp and maintaining constant patrolling – including accompanying women and others collecting firewood.
“UNAMID must be given the resources to fully ensure the protection of all civilians in Darfur,” said Hondora. “In addition, all parties to the conflict must immediately stop attacking civilians and facilitate the deployment of UNAMID forces to all affected areas.”
The conflict in Darfur has led to some of the worst human rights abuses imaginable, including systematic and widespread murder, rape, abduction and displacement. Since 2003, over 200,000 have died due to conflict-related causes, and more than 90,000 have been killed directly. (full text).