Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Save Darfur Coalition embellishing stats?

An Atrocity That Needs No Exaggeration

Published: August 12, 2007

JUST last month, the House of Representatives passed the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act and the United Nations Security Council decided to deploy up to 26,000 peacekeepers to Sudan. Both actions were due in no small way to the work of the Save Darfur Coalition. Through aggressive advertising campaigns, this group has done more than any other to focus world attention on the conflict in the Sudanese region.

But with a ruling Wednesday from Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, Save Darfur now finds itself in the spotlight. Siding with a business group allied with the Sudanese government in Khartoum, the authority ruled that the high death tolls Save Darfur cites in its advertisements breached standards of truthfulness.(MORE)


Sarosh said...

Sam Dealey misses a critical point. The real point is that, unfortunately, mortality estimates cannot be verified or updated because the Government of Sudan actively denies the international community – including diplomats, humanitarian workers, and epidemiology experts – real access to the Darfur region.

History reminds us that the full scope and scale of genocide is unknown until it has ended. Past perpetrators, most notably the Nazis, actively concealed their campaigns of mass murder from public scrutiny and accountability. When the scale of this genocide did become known, a shocked world cried out, “Never again.” The same was true in Cambodia and Rwanda. And that is what is happening now in Darfur.

The Save Darfur Coalition believes that as many as 400,000 Darfuris have been killed in this conflict because there is sound analysis to support this figure – analysis that is impossible to confirm or deny because of Sudan’s willful obstruction. Ultimately, no level of genocide is acceptable. The international community must continue to press the Sudanese government and President Omar al-Bashir to provide access to both international peacekeepers, humanitarian workers and experts who can more accurately document the scale of this tragedy, as well as provide protection and assistance to Darfur’s civilian population.

Sarosh Syed
Save Darfur Coalition

Dawud Walid said...

I agree that the amount of deaths is an estimate. Darfur is truly a human tragedy that should be felt by all, especially Muslims since it's Muslim on Muslim violence.

The Sudani government should have acted much quicker to stop the atrocities and are complicit in that regard.

Of course, most African and Middle Eastern nations would hesitate to let all outsiders in given the history of colonialism to present day debacles such as the Iraqi occupation.

To label the situation simply as "genocide" of "blacks" by "Arabs" maybe not be the most accurate depiction. Keep in mind that the the United Nations, the African Union and the Organization of the Islamic Committee (OIC) do not label the crisis as genocide.

Although America, Britian, and Israel do, none of the Sudan's neighbors, even governments that are lackeys to Bush's administration such as Egypt and Ethiopia, affirm the "genocide" label.

That leads us to the question of why?

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