We haven’t written much about Darfur, mostly because we haven’t had much to say beyond the obvious. But the Scotsman reports on what happened when refugee children were given crayons and paper to entertain themselves while representatives of Human Rights Watch interviewed their parents:
When the researchers had finished their interviews, they looked at what the children had drawn. Unbidden, they had drawn what was uppermost in their minds: scenes of unmitigated horror.
There in the notebooks were pictures of the Janjaweed, the Khartoum-backed Arab militia which has terrorised the western province of Darfur, and the Sudanese government helicopters and bombers. There, too, were the burning villages, the escape to Chad and worse: the rapes, the gunshots to the genitals used by the militia to emasculate their victims and the bodies of the dead.
The children explained their drawings; this is one of the milder ones:
There are more here.
Of course, I still don’t have much to say about Darfur. My view is that ordinarily, the United States should intervene abroad only when our own national interests are at stake, and, in addition, humanitarian interests are served, or at least not compromised. It’s hard to see any purpose other than the purely humanitarian in stepping into Sudan. That would, ideally, make it a job for the United Nations, I suppose, but the U.N. doesn’t do anything that useful–it’s too busy denouncing America and Israel–and, truth be told, many U.N. members don’t especially disapprove of the conduct of the government of Sudan toward its Christian minority. So that leaves us; and, for now at least, we are engaged elsewhere.
CORRECTION: A number of readers have pointed out that I’m behind the times, and the current victims in Sudan are Muslims rather than Christians. Like the Christians who have also been persecuted there, they are black Africans. My apologies.