The Sudanese government is being accused of murdering its own people
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused the Sudanese government of carrying out at least 30 chemical attacks and using a "scorched earth" policy in Darfur during their ongoing civil war. The report estimates that around 250 people, mostly children, have died due to the gas attacks in the Jebel Marra area in central Darfur.
The last attack, according to the report, was on Sept. 9 and Amnesty released pictures of children and women covered with lesions.
Children were left screaming in pain. The Sudanese government has just been accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur. pic.twitter.com/nmQjKRM877
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 29, 2016
— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) September 29, 2016
The report also accuses president Omar Hassan al-Bashir's government of bombing villages, burning homes and raping women in a "scorched earth" policy of reducing the opposition to waste. Incidentally, he's already been indicted on charges of genocide by the International Criminal Court but the case was suspended because he had the support of China and Russia.
— Salil Shetty (@SalilShetty) September 29, 2016
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) September 29, 2016
Sudan's foreign minister " target="_blank">Ibrahim Ghandour said the report was nonsensical.
“We don’t use chemical weapons in populated areas."
Another government official accused the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid, an armed anti-government group of starting the fight and causing destruction in the area. The government merely reacted to the report, sans chemical weapons.
"The whole Darfur is quite in peace and the people are very happy."
Amnesty said the Sudanese government also made it very hard for peacekeepers to work and provide aid in the region. Journalists have been prohibited from entering the area since 2012, making it hard to verify these details. Chemical weapon experts who reviewed the evidence found it to be consistent with the use of agents like sulfur mustard, lewisite and nitrogen mustard.
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