The situation on the ground in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum is growing worse by the day and now the US is intervening.
According to ABC News, the Trump Administration has sent a special US government envoy to Sudan. Donald Booth is the seasoned American ambassador who has been appointed to help government and opposition groups get back to the negotiating table. Booth served as a special envoy in Juba, South Sudan after being sent by the Obama Administration.
“[US diplomats were summoned to] call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward [resuming peace talks],” said an official statement released Monday (June 10) by the US State Department.
However, an ABC report stated Sudanese opposition leaders had not yet witnessed any movements by American diplomats in their country.
A Week of Bloody Violence and Terror in Sudan
A heavy-handed crackdown was enforced last week by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC). Since then, the TMC has brutally raided camps where pro-civilian government protesters organized their demonstrations.
The most influential political group that has led anti-TMC opposition activity is called the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces. Madani Abbas Madani is the leader of this group.
On Wednesday (June 12), Madani conducted an interview with ABC News, which details the past week’s carnage. In Khartoum, the Sudanese people have reportedly suffered terrifying dilemmas at the hands of TMC loyalists. According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, roughly 70 cases of rape have been documented, ABC reported.
In addition to that, around 700 wounded people were treated this past week at Sudanese hospitals. The TMC crackdown’s death toll was reportedly 129. However, Madani said this figure is a very conservative estimate.
“The death toll from those attacks will probably end up higher than what has already been reported,” Madani said in his interview with ABC News.
The Militia Allegedly Responsible for the Violence
The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are being blamed for executing the violence. This group is tied to the TMC and is known for its wanton cruelty. The RSF is led by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a very feared man who goes by “Hemeti.” He is a member of the Rizeigat Tribe from Sudan’s western province of Darfur. The Janjaweed militiamen are from the Darfur region as well.
The mercenaries of the Janjaweed were reportedly chosen to conduct raids on Darfur under the order of Sudan’s ousted president Omar Al-Bashir. During Sudan’s Second Civil War, an ethnic cleansing and genocide campaign began, which targeted the Dinka Tribe. Janjaweed rebels ravaged Darfur and showcased their signature brand of demented destruction.
Today, a frightening reality has been revealed. The RSF security force is comprised of Janjaweed members. It is quite possible that numbers of these war-mongering savages are some of the same arch-criminals who pillaged Darfur. These men have no place in Sudan’s future army, government, or any other division of the nation’s power structure.
It is also known that Hemeti himself is strongly supported by the Janjaweed clan. Negotiations with the TMC will not produce peace for the Sudanese people of it maintains a connection to a legitimate group of known rapists and killers.