Kofi Annan's Confession

The murderous janjaweed did not sign the peace treaty to end Darfur's genocide

There should have been a coalition of the willing three years ago to bypass the United Nations and thereby save hundreds of thousands of lives of black Muslims in Darfur. Annan now has shown the way to make "never again" mean something.

Meanwhile, at the Gereida refugee camp in Darfur, Medina Hamed, two days after the peace agreement was signed, told New York Times reporter Lydia Polgreen that she will never trust her government after its militia, the janjaweed, seven months ago, slaughtered her two sons, Ahmed, 7, and Hamed, 9, among a group of men looking for food and water outside her village.

In that story, Jan Egeland, the U.N.'s head of emergency aid, said that while there may be "the beginning of the end of this hemorrhage of human life. . . [t]he alternative to peace through this agreement is too horrendous for any of us now to contemplate."

U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan: "When the U.N. is too slow, go past us."
photo: Paul Morse/whitehouse.gov
U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan: "When the U.N. is too slow, go past us."

But in fear and distrust, many thousands of brutally, mercilessly displaced survivors—so far—of the genocide are still contemplating their last horrifying days on earth despite the peace agreement. For some, it the last days have come already, because the janjaweed continue the killing and raping after May 5.

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