Defectors from the Sudanese regime explain their role in the Sudanese Government’s planning and execution of mass atrocities in Darfur, implicating members of the regime at the highest level.
Two years ago, Al Arabiya producer Nabil Kassem was asked to put together a documentary film on Darfur. What he witnessed there, and recorded in this film, were scenes of unspeakable brutality and untold suffering, scenes he thought would surely wake up an Arab public all too willing to let Darfur pass by. But ‘Jihad on Horseback’ never made it across the airwaves. Watch part 1 of the film to see perhaps the most provocative Arab documentary ever made.
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PART ONE IS NOT INCLUDED. This 1953 Navy documentary uses colorful artwork to tell the story of the Quasi-War with France, and the Barbary Wars. Part 2 concludes the Quasi-War with France (AT 2:15), and begins the story of the Barbary Wars, including the bold mission led by Stephen Decatur to burn the captured USS Philadelphia. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-39.
SOURCE: For an estimated three million Darfur villagers, it’s been seven long years of bombs dropped by (old Russian ex-military planes) camel-back raids, displacement, rape, and being robbed of humanitarian aid. For refugees unable to leave the region, it’s been as many as seven years in makeshift homes without basic utilities like clean water or electricity, public schools, jobs, markets, doctors’ offices or hospitals. And for the orphaned, it’s been as many as seven years without parents to provide or care for them.
In 2004, George W. Bush declared Sudan’s National Congress Party’s military-backed burning, bombing, and raiding of Darfur region villages a “genocide”. Though many people recognized that the incessant pillaging of the Masalit, Fur, and Zaghawa villages equaled the systematic destruction of Sudan’s black Christians and animists, the UN and the International Criminal Court have not seen fit, until this July, to indict Bashir with genocide for the initial attacks that took place years ago. The fallout amounts to a virtual lost generation of uneducated, voiceless, landless, and orphaned.
This past March, just when the beleaguered folks living in displacement had an offer of democratic election dangled before them, it was whisked away. Voters were excluded or dissuaded by violence, a much-disputed 2008 national census, and by the ballot-box-stuffing of Khartoum insiders. It was a reign in which the Janjaweed militia targeted and torched specific villages, slaughtered inhabitants, and pursued the survivors into the nether regions simply for belonging to ethnic groups suspected of sympathy with rebels. Omar al-Bashir has been the head of state who mandated, commissioned, supplied, and gave his blessing to it all. And in April of 2010, his displaced and ravaged and orphaned voters supposedly re-elected him – an accused genocidal maniac – to an eight-year term as their first democratically chosen leader in 20 years.