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Darfur in the News

U.S. and European media

March 8, 2023

Agence France-Presse: Tribal clashes in Darfur kill 21.  Clashes between rival Arab tribes in the Darfur region of western Sudan have killed at least 21 people since March 3, a local official said on Sunday.

Reuters: Two UN-AU peacekeepers found in Darfur after ambush. 
Darfuris helped two U.N.-African Union peacekeepers who had been missing following an ambush return safely to their base after almost two days lost in the Sudanese desert, the mission said on Sunday.  A 60-man peacekeeping patrol was ambushed on Friday in the mountainous Jabel Marra area, which the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Army loyal to Abdel Wahed Mohamed el-Nur says it controls. The group denied any involvement in the attack.

Christian Science Monitor: New violence in Sudan, Darfur one year after indictment of Bashir.  One year ago Thursday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, on charges of crimes against humanity. Now, on the first anniversary of the arrest warrant, fighting is raging in Darfur - the war-torn Sudanese province that is the source of much of the case against Mr. Bashir.  Yet in Khartoum, the African country's capital, ubiquitous campaign posters hail Bashir's run in April national elections. The president's most prominent challenger, however, is censured for even mentioning the ICC's indictment of the Sudanese leader.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Social conscience of Olympic skate champ Cheek still burns hot. 
For one who was among the most talked-about American athletes at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, and who made a controversial splash around the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Joey Cheek slipped in and out of Vancouver with barely a notice.  His persistent focus on genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan brought him into the crosshairs of the Chinese government, which imports much of its oil from the African nation. On the eve of the Summer Games, he was denied a visa, and athletes whom he helped recruit to the cause were pressured to disavow their association.

Reuters: South Sudan radio stations say raided ahead of vote.  Security officers forced their way into two south Sudanese radio stations and detained staff after one of them broadcast an interview with an election campaigner, station managers said on Friday.  Media activists said the raids on Bakhita Radio and Liberty FM highlighted harassment of journalists in the south in the run-up to presidential and legislative elections next month.  Staff at Liberty FM told Reuters armed men who said they were from south Sudan's police burst into the station's office in the southern capital Juba on Wednesday and forced it to stop broadcasting.

Voice of America: Conflict Could Undermine Sudan's Vote, says International Crisis Group Official.  A top official of the International Crisis Group says escalating conflict in Sudan could seriously undermine the upcoming general election scheduled to be held from April 11-13. Fouad Hikmat said the international community press President Umar Hassan al-Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to ensure a credible election as well as safeguard the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

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