While Abdul* is forced to live in an overcrowded camp in Darfur, those who attacked his village are continuing to commit the same crimes with impunity.

 

Insecurity in rural Darfur however means that more keep on moving into camps for the displaced thus increasing humanitarian needs. EC/ECHO/Daniel Dickinson

Insecurity in rural Darfur however means that more keep on moving into camps for the displaced thus increasing humanitarian needs. EC/ECHO/Daniel Dickinson

“Our very existence in the camp is clear evidence of injustice and the absence of accountability,” Abdul* asserts. While he’s forced to live in Kalma displacement camp – an overcrowded camp in Darfur – those who burned his village and killed his family and friends continue to commit the same crimes with impunity.

In just one day, I lost 21 men and 2 women from my immediate family. But a story never stands alone. My story is just one of many in a camp of more than 200,000 displaced people and those numbers are growing every day.

I’ve now been living in Kalma since late 2003 after my village was attacked by the Janjaweed in the early morning hours. They set the entire village on fire and looted thousands of our livestock and valuable belongings. To this day, those who committed these horrific crimes were never held accountable.

We fled to the camp after the attack, thinking we would be there only a short while, but it has now been ten years. We’re not safe in the camp either, though. On August 25th, 2008, the government army and security forces came and attacked the camp, killing 26 people and wounding 118 more, three of whom were my family members. Though the attack was witnessed by multiple UN agencies (including UNAMID, who are supposed to protect us) and international organizations, not a single person who committed this violent attack has been brought to justice. My people and I live in fear every single day.

Life in the camp is extremely difficult for children. I would estimate that almost half of them have no access to education because of lack of schools and school fees. As a parent, it brings me profound sadness to see so many children becoming beggars or street children. I work very hard so that my children can have access to education, but most of the time, we have give up meals in order to save up money to send our kids to school. I think education is the key to preventing cycles of war in my country, so that’s why I do whatever I have to in order to insure that my children get an education.

My people have paid a high price for this conflict. We want to return home to our normal lives. We are farmers and we want to return home to our land to being providing for ourselves again. It is humiliating to have to rely on others for everything. Yet, we can’t return home until those who committed the crimes against us have faced justice and are no longer able to commit these atrocities. There cannot be peace without justice.

The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013 points the way forward to address the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and hold those responsible for human rights violations accountable. The bill sets forth a framework for the United States to help end the impunity that has been plaguing Sudan for too long.

Act now to take a stand for Abdul. Encourage your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013

  • kelly

    i cannot believe the U.S. government has not put an end to this genocide…”Never Again” still rings hollow… All human beings are brothers and sisters. Why must borders define who is “worthy” of compassion and the will to help???

    • felix1999

      It is hollow.
      Borders help protect folks when they simply REFUSE to get along. You can’t FORCE people to get along. In schools they have seminars and oodles of classes on the Holocaust and yet when it happens again and again, it is ignored. It just sounds good to pretend you are concerned or even care.

    • felix1999

      The U.S. needs to straighten out its own mess and starting with out borders and enforcing our laws! We are hardly a good example … right now …. in March 2016. We are having our own invasion.

  • CoVeRtToWn

    I know right

  • Robert

    Well Kelly the U.S. should pay more attention to it self first instead of being the world’s police.

  • felix1999

    Meanwhile,
    in the middle east CHRISTIANS are being literally slaughtered by Muslims and NO ONE CARES.
    I suppose when it is CHRISTIAN being slaughtered that is okay?
    After YEARS of this Kerry (3/20/16), Secretary of State, is finally recognizing that there is a “genocide” going on in the middle east but can’t say the word CHRISTIANS being slaughtered by Muslims, the “religion of peace and tolerance”.
    Never have I ever been more ashamed of being an American than since Obama became our President.

    • Alexandra

      I seem to recall a time when the Christians refused Jewish people refugee during WWII, advocated for slavery, commit countless hate-crimes against literally every non-Christian group, and browbeat. Yet, on the U.S.A. National News we never once see any of that, we only see how horribly the Christian group is being treated. My parents used to tell me “what goes around comes around” and as my Christian parents (both extremely abusive) are now either dead or hated by everyone all I have to say to them is that very phrase. P.S. it’s the Christian people who killed more human beings in the crusades and taking over North and South America than Hitler and Napoleon combined… I don’t think anyone can, in their right mind, blame anyone else for willingly slaughtering Christians just as you would a wolf killing off livestalk as a farmer.

    • IRIS ADAMS

      Obama has been one of the MOST influential leaders of our time. From the legalization of gay marriage to saving the country from a catastrophic depression, President Obama has led Americans through some of the most important and trying times in our history. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” He has been a relentless advocate for women’s rights, including reproductive rights, He fought ― and won ― for healthcare reform with the Affordable Care Act. He helped lead the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage. He signed an executive order that banned torture of prisoners and detainees. He reformed the NSA.

  • zane

    What does Obama have to do with anything??

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