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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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.
I watched this documentary about genocide in Sudan after I learned that the slave trade has once again risen up in the world of Islam in Sudan. Even though this documentary is hard to watch, especially when you see the amount of evidence for the mass genocide and learn nothing is being done about it by the US government, the part between 100:00 and 103:35 is very touching for me. Even though most of the aid sent from the US is stolen before it gets to people in need, the only thing these people have comes from America and this man says he is so grateful to the American People and the “free world”. Even though they are Muslims,,, no help comes from any Islamic countries, and that is because they are black African Muslims which the Arab Muslim controlled Sudanese Government have decided to kill in masses.
UPDATE: This full documentary was available on BlipTV but was removed. I have searched and cannot find the full video online now. I have watched and posted several videos on the genocide in Darfur and this is by far the best one. I first watched it online via Netflix. If you are interested in this topic, I suggest you find some way to watch this documentary because it is the best I have seen. The following video is only a trailer.
Here are more post on this blog about the genocide in Darfur.
Reporting the Truth About Darfur
Telling Brian Steidle’s Story
After Steidle’s stint with as observer for the African Union in the Sudan ends, he returns to the US, testifies before Congress and briefs Condoleeza Rice on the situation. Unfortunately, his testimony didn’t cause Congress or Condoleeza to do anything to help.
That’s why this film is so important. Steidle’s photos of the dead, his comments about the genocide and the testimony of survivors are a powerful call for people around the world to take action to stop the genocide.
The Story Will Shock You Into Action
Make no mistake, The Devil Came On Horseback is a brutal film–one that’s difficult to watch. There’s no question that Steidle is heroic in his persistence, and he has succeeded in raising awareness about the situation–but he alone can’t convince the US government and other authorities to intervene.
The UN wants to send peacekeepers to the Sudan, but the Sudanese government refuses permission. With US support, the UN might be able to send peacekeepers anyway, but the US isn’t stepping up. So, the carnage continues.
Over 450,000 people have been slaughtered in the Sudan; over 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes by murderous raids on their villages, Darfurians live under the constant threat of terrorism.
With extraordinary steadfastness Steidle tours the US lecturing on what is happening in Darfar, showing his photographs and telling of the ravages of genocide. And asking for public support.
Steidle’s heroism exemplifies the American belief in human rights and decency. It’s incredibly frustrating to see how his efforts are ignored and thwarted by US authorities. That’s where this documentary film can help Brian Steidle make a difference. Watch it and allow yourself to be moved to action.