Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Janjaweed Ambush, Disarm UN Force

(Photo, Mia Farrow: Janjaweed in Darfur)

Darfur has been a battlefield for centuries. The most recent blood lust from 2003, has seen the genocide of the people for whom the land (dar) is named, the Fur. Khartoum sponsored Arab militia, Janjaweed (devils on horseback), attack villages killing nearly everyone in them. To mitigate the killing the UN sent armed troops to the area. UNAMID, United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, began operations October 31, 2007.

As UNAMID celebrates 60 years of Peacekeeping, Janjaweed attacked UNAMID Nigerian Peacekeepers, taking their Peacekeeping weapons.

KHARTOUM - Up to 60 heavily armed men on horseback ambushed a patrol of peacekeepers in Darfur, in a new attack on international forces in Sudan's strife-torn west, the United Nations said on Friday.

The raiders, wearing uniforms and armed with AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, took weapons from Nigerian troops from the joint U.N./African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an official added.

[Photo: UNAMID troops practice putting on berets or maybe surrender]

It was at least the fifth serious confrontation between armed groups and UNAMID troops since they took over from a beleaguered African Union force at the beginning of the year.

The attack happened on Wednesday [21 May] close to the capital of West Darfur, El Geneina.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the attack, according to a U.N. statement released on his behalf on Friday. In it, Ban urged all parties to cease military action and commit themselves to negotiations and a peaceful solution.
The animist, Christian, and non-Arab victims of Arab Muslim violence in Darfur are so very lucky to have UNAMID protection. Without UN help there's just no telling how many people would still be alive.



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6 comments:

Tom C said...

I recall your africa post. is there no-one outside of north america with the courage to stand and kill shitheads?
What is needed is a contingent of Black Airborne Rangers hidden in one of those villages.

Indigo Red said...

There are, Tom, but their gov'ts won't let them. The Australian and Canadian soldiers want very much to pull their weight, but civilian leadership holds them back.

The Blue Bonnets have proven time and again they are useless. So that leaves the UK and the US to do the heavy lifting. Now the UK is getting a bit iffy, too.

Tom the Redhunter said...

"U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the attack"

Oh well that'll take care of it.

Sigh.

Most people don't want to actually do anything about Darfur, they just want to sound like they want to do something.

Indigo Red said...

Sad, but true, TRH.

Gayle said...

Historically most civilian leadership has sucked. It seems it remains a truth we are forced to live with. :(

dcat said...

Now the UK is getting a bit iffy, too

Ah yeah!

Not everyone is yellow!