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May 4, 2023

Reuters: Chad And Sudan Agree to Halt Attacks. Chad and Sudan have agreed to halt violence against each other and refrain from using force to resolve their conflicts, Qatari and African officials said at the end of reconciliation talks in Doha. Chad and Sudan resumed shaky diplomatic ties in November after cutting them in May. Khartoum had accused Chadian President Idriss Deby of involvement in an attack on the Sudanese capital by Darfur rebels on May 11, 2008. Both African countries have long accused each other of supporting insurgent groups and rebel attacks inside their territories. Sudan's Minister for International Cooperation Al-Tijani Saleh Fidail said the two African countries were not at war, but had border troubles, the agency reported. Past agreements collapsed because they did not have a way of implementing them on the ground, he added.

Dallas Morning News: Darfur crisis hits home in Dallas as refugees arrive, relief efforts grow. Adam Mohammed probably isn't the only housemate who still wakes up from nightmares, but he's the only one in the bare Vickery Meadow apartment willing to admit it. He and his three roommates, also from Darfur, arrived in Dallas three weeks ago carrying parallel pasts - burned villages, scattered family and years in African refugee camps. "These are wounds," said 30-year-old Mohammed, pointing to crusted scars on his feet, then to his heart. Genocide, Sudan, Darfur. This language is becoming more tangible as the situation in the region worsens and a budding Darfuri population joins other Sudanese in Dallas. "We are one of the states fighting an uphill battle of people being aware and concerned," said Laura McCarthy, the director of Defend Darfur Dallas. Jerry Fowler, the national Save Darfur Coalition president based in D.C., labels the attention to Darfur "episodic." On a lecture tour in his Dallas hometown, he said that he hopes Sudan's recent events will spur more engaged American leadership.

The following piece by Rabbi David Saperstein and John Prendergast appeared on Friday on the Huffington Post.

Going to Jail to Fight Genocide

Despite what some UN diplomats and squeamish academics might be saying, the genocide by attrition continues in Darfur, through the use of rape and denial of humanitarian assistance as weapons of war. There are no gas chambers; there are not even the dramatic village burnings of 2003-5 Darfur. But the conditions designed to bring about the destruction - in whole or in part - of particular groups of people on the basis of their identity continues.

That is why we decided to hold a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy on Monday, and to get arrested when the Secret Service told us to leave.

That is why we fasted yesterday in support of our friend Mia Farrow in her fast for Darfur.

That is why we are raising our voices as loudly as we can to say "Not on our watch!" We need you to write to your Senators, Representatives and to President Obama urging that full humanitarian access be secured and a credible Darfur peace process be created by the U.S. in the next 30 days. We need your to make your voices heard by calling the White House switchboard at 1-800-GENOCIDE with that message.

We had the privilege of being cellmates with some distinguished human rights and civil rights advocates. The legendary Congressman John L. Lewis was with us, along with four other extremely committed members of Congress, Jim McGovern, Keith Ellison, and on the women's side Donna Edwards and Lynn Woolsey. Jerry Fowler of the Save Darfur Coalition joined us as well.

One of the highlights for both of us was the opportunity to listen to Rep. Lewis talk about his 40 stints in jail during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. His descriptions of the horrendous mistreatment by his jailers in Mississippi reinforced to us the historic contributions he and his fellow marchers (which included the elder co-author of this article) made to ending some of the worst injustices here in America.

We need to do the same now to end the bloodshed and desecration in Sudan. We got arrested to shake up the status quo, to demonstrate that peace is possible, and to affirm that Americans all over this country want to see our great nation do all we can to achieve peace in Sudan as soon as humanly possible.

Millions of lives are at stake.

The Darfur Daily News is a service of the Save Darfur Coalition. To subscribe to the Daily News, please email [email protected]. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Roberts at (202) 478-6181, or [email protected].



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