Sudan Atrocities

After attacking the village in February, soldiers and Janjaweed chased women and children into a valley and shot them in cold blood as they attempted to hide behind rocks and trees.

"They said: 'You are dogs! We will drive you off this land!'" said Salma Zakariah Hassan, 19, who escaped unscathed.

"They told me: 'You are a rebel and the son of rebels!'" said Hussein Daafallah, 12, who was shot three times - in the face, arm and leg. The child saw three friends aged between 7 and 11 fall wounded beside him, but does not know whether they lived or died. That, he explains, is why he is crying; not because of his disfigured face, shattered elbow and swollen, infected leg.

The Sudanese government is believed to be complicit in the ongoing horror in the Darfur region in the west of Sudan, bordering Chad. The gangs of thugs known as janjaweed appear to be enforcing the regime's ethnic-cleansing policy.

Despite the urging of American officials, the UN response - and particularly that of the European Union - has so far been disappointing.

Recalling the words of the 18th century Whig politician Edmund Burke: "It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph" - the head of the US delegation to the Commission called for a special session to "hold accountable those responsible for the deplorable acts in Darfur."

"After World War II, the world said 'never again,'" US Alternate Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs Richard Williamson said. "Then came Cambodia where the 'killing fields' were awash in blood. Ten years ago in Rwanda, evil reigned ... Then came ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo.

"We cannot fail as we have before. 'Never Again' must be more than mere words or an idle promise."

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