Amnesty International has gathered harrowing evidence strongly suggesting the repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, in Jebel Marra - one the most remote parts of Darfur.
The 103-page report "Scorched Earth, Poisoned Air" features satellite images, survivor testimonies and photographs to corroborate what are war crimes in Darfur's remote Jebel Marra region. The evidence indicates at least 30 likely chemical attacks have hit the area in 2016, with the most recent being September 9.
Sudan's sitting dictatorship has been on a failed public relations mission this year to try to get the international community to believe that the war in Darfur is over despite growing evidence that the situation is only worsening. Shockingly, the most recent documented chemical weapons attack happened a mere two days after Sudanese President and indicted war criminal Omar al-Bashir declared that peace had come to Darfur.
Regime May Be Committing Chemical Weapons Attacks Elsewhere in Sudan
Amnesty's eye-opening report is the latest in years worth of rumors and eyewitness testimonies concerning chemical weapons usage by government forces in Sudan. In 2014, our organization captured an interview featured in our 3rd documentary film in which an eyewitness explains what seems to be a chemical weapons attack in the Nuba Mountains region, another area of Sudan that is under attack by the regime. The section of the interview from the eyewitness begins at the 10:40 mark:
Documenting chemical weapons attacks in Sudan has been a notoriously difficult task as the Sudanese government does not allow official humanitarian, investigative, and peacekeeping missions into several parts of the country. Where the dwindling international presence in Sudan does exist, it is often times hampered by Sudanese government forces and officials. Jebel Marra, where Amnesty cites these attacks as taking place, has been virtually unreached by the outside world for years. As the international presence in Sudan continues to become more constrictive, it is more and more likely that the regime will be comfortable committing attacks like these on a more frequent and larger scale.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs.
With the peace process not making any progress, it's important for us to continue assisting the Sudanese directly. Here's 3 ways you can help:
1. Support The Yida Photography Exhibit. In May of 2016, Operation Broken Silence commissioned talented photographer Katie Barber to document life in Yida Refugee Camp as part of our organization’s efforts to use media to get people involved with issues in Sudan. Katie captured over 4,000 photos and several hundred of them have been pre-selected for a photography exhibit we're raising funds to build. LEARN MORE »
2. Fundraise For Our Emergency Relief Program. Since 2012, Operation Broken Silence has been funding emergency relief missions into an isolated corner of the Nuba Mountains that is off the beaten path of what few emergency relief efforts exist. You can start an online fudnraisinge page to support these efforts. START FUNDRAISING »
3. Give Monthly. You can pitch in a couple of bucks each month to our emergency relief program by joining Civilian Protector, our monthly giving program that brings sustainability to our programs. We also give you some cool perks for joining. START GIVING MONTHLY »