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Sudan Government Troops Burn Darfur Town

According to United Nations sources, the entire town of Haskanita in Darfur has been completely burned down and over 15,000 of its inhabitants forced to flee for their lives. The town is completely under the control of the Sudan army and its janjaweed associates who have been responsible for most deaths of innocent people in Darfur. A UN spokesperson said the Sudan army entered the town after rebels attacked a nearby UN camp and killed ten soldiers. Haskanita now lies in ruins as Sudan soldiers and members of the janjaweed patrol its streets where smoldering fires can still be seen. “There’s absolutely no doubt the army and the janjaweed did it,” says a spokesperson for the UN.

A perennial problem in the UN’s mandate to be in Darfur stems from its lack of jurisdiction in responding to security issues. For the most part, UN troops are in a passive mode unable to initiate action nor do they even have the right to investigate security problems! The notorious janjaweed thugs roam at will still engaged in their program of raping, brutalizing, and killing thousands of people in Darfur. The UN must dispatch more troops and equipment, particularly helicopters that can roam the area and be allowed to fire upon the janjaweed. How can a town of 15,000 be burned down by the government of the Sudan without any response to such an action?

Police Fire Away At Burmese People!

A 23 year-old Burmese journalist provided The Independent a first hand account of the murder of dozens of innocent Burmese by police. Forty monks and about 20,000 people met at Jakhasan Street about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The monks said: “Just pray, don’t shout, don’t throw stones. Pray for peace, protection and love.” People cried as they walked and prayed. They were soon joined by thousands of others who walked along with love and peace in their heart. There were rumors the Swan Ar Shan(paramilitary plan clothes men) were in their ranks ready to provoke violence.

The crowd reached police lines. The police approached beating their batons on shields. Some in the crowd began to run while others remained quietly in prayer. No one shouted. The police began firing, first rubber bullets and tear gas. People began running and screaming. The journalist tried taking pictures when the police grabbed them. One of the soldiers said they were students so the soldiers grabbed the camera and let them go. By now, everyone was running as the police fired indiscriminately into the crowd. “it was as if they were on drugs. They seemed liked mad people, not normal.” The police fired and fired away as dozens fell to the ground.

This is life in Myanmar, the year is 2007. And, the world stands idly by, watching but not acting.