- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am deeply disturbed by your recent “sponsored” article by the government of Sudan. The government of Sudan continues to sponsor Janjaweed militias that have raped, murdered and made existence virtually impossible for the 2 million refugees of Darfur. The Sudanese government has killed approximately 500,000 men, women and children in Darfur; it previously killed 2 million in South Sudan in an Islamic fundamentalist campaign of ethnic hatred.

The U.S. envoy has since recanted his request to lift sanctions, which he initially presented as a means to help South Sudan recover from the 20-year war waged against the region by the Bashir regime. (As it turns out, the sanctions laws already allow exemptions for South Sudan).

For its crimes in South Sudan as well as in Darfur and the Nuba mountains, the Sudanese government must continue to be sanctioned until it disarms the Janjaweed, grants real power and autonomy to the people of the peripheries of Sudan, stops impeding the distribution of humanitarian aid and halts the use of “ghost houses” to torture political dissidents.

SHARON SILBER

Co-founder and co-director

New York Coalition for Darfur

New York

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