mercredi 20 juin 2007

Holocaust-movie about Hungarian-Jewish people to Darfur genocide

From Holocaust to Darfur genocide : what can we do?

On you'll find a Holocaust-movie, based on real events. It's very touching, but please dare to watch it... and tell your children, and forward the link to all your friends and ask them to forward it to their friends too, so more and more people will know what really happened and will never forget what the Nazis did, what some crazy persons can do to others.

At the end of the Second World War, in Hungary, thousands of Hungarian-Jewish and Gypsy people were shot in to the river by their own fellow citizens. The Hungarian Arrow Cross members, cooperating with the German Nazis, or obliged to obey, butchered and robbed so many people at night or dawn at the bank of the Danube.

This film made by Andras Salamon, a Hungarian filmmaker living in Budapest, is about a little girl who managed to escape this horror, thanks to her mother. At the end of the film, we see her as an old lady, as she meets a couple of neo Nazis.

History repeats itself, again and again although we said "Never again".

History repeated itself, in Biafra, Burundi and Rwanda, and now again it repeats itself in western Sudan. But now, there is not even one little girl who was lucky enough to escape the horror. In spite of all the international quiet diplomatic efforts, the human suffering in Darfur is continuing.

Also, please tell the world that was happened to the Jews and Gypsys is what is happening actually in Darfur, every day since 2003, and nowadays for months in the East of Chad Republic and in the North of Central African Republic. No portion of Darfur's civilian population has been spared violence, murder, sexual violence, rape and torture.

You saw what happened in just one night in Hungary. Can you imagine what is happening all days long in Darfur? Can you imagine how many people died since 4 years?

Each and every day, so many people are dying. There is no more time for self indulgence or any excuse, no more time for waiting or procrastination or telling let's do the other people, the leaders, who can do something. You must act yourself too.

All together we can change the situation. We must continue the strong pressure on the Sudanese government till there is a peacekeeping force able to protect all the civilians. Your support can make the difference between life and death.

Sudan is the largest country (2,506,000 km²) in Africa (8.3% of the continent), located just south of Egypt, on the eastern edge of the Sahara desert, and above Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The country's major economic resource is oil. But, as in Chad and other developing countries with oil, this resource is not being developed for the benefit of all the populations, but instead, for an elite few within the government and society.

Darfur is an area of 493,180 km² (196,555 miles²), nearly the size of Texas, just over 90% the size of France, more than half the size of Germany and 25 times more than Israël. It lies in far western Sudan and borders Libya, Chad and the Central African Republic.

The approximately 6 million inhabitants of Darfur, who are among the poorest in Africa, are living now a very bad situation. To say the least, almost all of them are now homeless. And their situation is deteriorating even more and more, each and every day. As Tony Bennett said : "Let me translate : People are dying."

The current crisis in Darfur began in February 2003. After decades of neglect, economic and political marginalization, injustices, environmental calamities, famine, drought, oppression and small-scale conflicts in Darfur, two rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM), accused the government of oppressing non-Arabs and mounted a challenge to Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, hoping to force him to change the situation. It changed indeed, for the worst.

The President al-Bashir's response was very brutal, to say the least.

In seeking to defeat the rebel movements, mostly non-Arab black African Muslims from a number of different ethnic groups (mainly Fur, Zaghawa and Massalit tribes), the Government of Sudan increased arms and financial assistance to local tribal and other militias known as the Janjaweed whose members are composed mostly of Arab black African Muslims.

They have wiped out entire villages, destroyed food and water supplies, and systematically murdered, tortured, dismembered and raped hundreds of thousands of Darfurians, even young children, girls, boys and even babies. All these attacks occur with the direct or indirect support of the Government of Sudan's armed forces.

This scorched earth policy by the Sudanese government against Darfur's sedentary farming population has, by direct violence, disease, dehydration and starvation, already killed more than 450,000 persons.

By the end of 2006, the violence has crossed over into neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic. Just to tell one attack, on March 31, 2007 Janjaweed militiamen killed up to 400 people in the eastern border region of Chad near Sudan and fired all the villages of Tiero and Marena.

For more information, see

For daily news on Darfur, see

In all, more than 2.5 million Darfuris have fled their homes and communities and now reside in a network of internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur, with more than 300,000 living in refugee camps in Chad, and many others are coming every day.

These refugees and IDPs are completely dependent on the United Nations and other non-governmental humanitarian organizations for their protection & safety and their very livelihood - food, water, shelter, and health care.

Another 1 million Darfuris still live in their villages, under the constant threat of bombings, raids, murder, rape and torture.

Their safety depends actually only on the presence of the poorly funded, ill-equipped African Union (A.U.) peacekeeping force, numbering just 7,400 troops and personnel. But, this so-called "AMIS" force (African Union Mission in Sudan), in Darfur since October 2004, lacks a clear civilian protection mandate as well as adequate means in order to be able to stop the violence. Its sole mandate is just to monitor and report ceasefire violations, and indeed it has done very little more, due to its limited mandate but also because of its anemic capacity.

The 13,000 aid workers, scattered in more than 100 refugee camps in Darfur and Chad, are working in very difficult security and logistical conditions.

They are constantly hampered and harassed by Sudanese government obstruction and red tape, and are increasingly targeted by both government's militias and some rebel movement elements. Every day, vehicles are being hijacked and robbed, aid workers are assaulted and intimidated while carrying out their work, and offices are broken into and looted.

Also, in order to hide what is happening, the Sudanese government is suppressing information by jailing and murdering witnesses and by obstructing and arresting journalists since 2004.

Moreover, UN officials said that the death rate in Darfur could rise as high as 100,000 people per month if the fragile humanitarian life-support system collapses. As more and more people are fleeing the ongoing violence, and some lucky enough to reach a camp, the gap is increasing between the needs and humanitarian resources.

How many deaths do we need before stopping this genocide? There are not just many more or less grave violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law, but millions of people are suffering and thousands are dying each day.

So, tell your government that all world leaders must make peace in Darfur a top priority and do what it takes to stop this genocide as quickly as possible, right now, by sending UN peace keepers, and we repeat, not at the end of this month... if Sudan accepts indeed the plan to deploy a combined U.N. and A.U. peacekeeping force and ceases obstructing humanitarian aid, or next month... when maybe all G8 leaders will agree to do something... and if China doesn't put their veto, or very soon by the end of another month... when the weather will be better, but NOW, today. It's urgent.

Also, ask your government
- to set up and enforce a no-fly zone over Darfur and eastern Chad to halt hostile Sudanese military flights and prevent the bombing of villages,
- to take sanctions against targeted government officials and entities,
- to freeze all the Sudanese assets,
- to ban the travel of all the individuals who continue to obstruct efforts to bring peace to Darfur,
- to bring to the International criminal Court all individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity and
- to ask all companies, banks and financial institutions to stop doing business with Sudan and with any state who has relationship with this regime.

Tell China to use its influence on Khartoum or nobody will go the 2008 Beijing Summer Games until their "One World, One Dream" theme become a reality.

Hoping that Sudan’s Government is really accepting the deployment of a hybrid United Nations-African Union (A.U.) peacekeeping force in the Darfur region and willing to set up a true peace agreement between all the parties

To know how we can stop the cycle of violence and end our tolerance for crimes against humanity, read what Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, is saying

To help build the movement for peace in Darfur (and in Chad), sign petition calling on world leaders to take action right now and make a donation to save lifes and fulfill the most critical needs of the displaced families, see

Your help will make the difference between life and death. Please do more than just watching a movie. Tell all your friends and forward this open letter to help Darfur to all the people you know. Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett and many other persons are doing their part for victims of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. But it's not enough. You can and must help save lifes too!

Mika-Lelita YONDOLOUM,
President of the Chad Liberal Party (PLT)

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