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Søndag 13. april er Darfur-dagen. En gruppe forfattere og skuespillere, med J.K. Rowling, Matt Damon og George Clooney i spissen har rettet en appell på vegne av alle barna i Darfur. Én million barn er rammet i krigen. En av de hovedskyldige er den tidligere innenriksministeren Ahmad Harun. Det var da han tiltrådte at rekrutteringen til Janjaweed-militsen virkelig skjøt fart. Vendepunktet var angrepet på Fasher-flyplassen i april 2003, erklærte Den internasjonale straffedomstolen, ICC, i februar ifjor. Domstolen har en dyktig sjefaktor for Darfur, Luis Moreno-Ocampo:

«Shortly after Harun’s appointment, the recruitment of militia/Janjaweed greatly increased, ultimately into the tens of thousands.

«The vast majority of attacks in Darfur were carried out by the militia/Janjaweed and the armed forces… they targeted civilian residents based on the rationale that they were supporters of the rebel forces.

«This strategy became the justification for the mass murder, summary execution, and mass rape of civilians who were known not to be participants in any armed conflict. The strategy included the forced displacement of entire villages and communities.»

Harun er tiltalt av domstolen. Regjeringen i Khartoum svarte med å utnevne ham til minister for humanitære saker.

«In Darfur in 2003 – 2004, we witnessed the first phase of the criminal plan co-ordinated by Ahmad Harun. Millions of people were forced out of their villages and into camps.

«In the second phase – happening right now in front of our eyes – Ahmad Harun is controlling the victims inside the camps… women are raped… the displaced are surrounded by hostile forces; their land and homes are being occupied by new settlers. The rationale is the same as before: target civilians who could be rebel supporters.

«As long as Harun remains free in Khartoum, there will be no comprehensive solution in Darfur.»

All talk and no action in Darfur