SHOCK HORROR - Darfur attacks led by Khartoum

Evidence that Sudan's government is backing Arab militias in Darfur has come from a leader of the forces, US-based Human Rights Watch has said. Musa Hilal, named by the US as a Janjaweed leader, told the group that militia attacks on ethnic Africans were directed by Sudanese army commanders.

"These people get their orders... from Khartoum," he said in an interview transcript released by the group. The Sudanese government has strongly denied supporting the militias. Human Rights Watch said Mr Hilal made the allegations during a videotaped interview in Arabic, conducted in September last year.

The group released part of the interview on Wednesday, saying that translation and formatting of the tape had delayed its publication.

War crimes

"All the people in the field are led by top army commanders," Mr Hilal told researchers during the interview. "These people get their orders from the Western command centre and from Khartoum." Mr Hilal is one of seven people accused by the US state department of being leaders of the Arab Janjaweed militia.

But in a BBC interview in November last year, he said he was simply a mayoral figure with no links with the military. The Janjaweed are alleged to have killed thousands and used mass rape against non-Arab groups. Sudan's government and the Arab militias are accused of war crimes against the region's black African population, although the United Nations has stopped short of terming it a genocide. More than two million people are estimated to have fled their homes and at least 100,000 are thought to have died during the crisis.

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Gee thanks for the scoop UN, now we know for sure who was supporting the Janjaweed. We were all scratching our collective heads wondering who was giving them the guns and bullets and flying the helicopters and bombers. I just figured the Janjaweed were this unknown technologically advanced superior race with underground cities, phaser guns and things like that, and like this other unknown race of space monkeys shared a unique hatred of the ethnic black Africans. What would we do without the determined sleuths from the UN.

So Kofi in light of this breaking news, you going to do something about it? We know you need to meet and share cupcakes and tea with the rest of the scary and powerful UN members, but can you speed things along a bit this time.

I'm sure the refugees are terribly grateful that their suffering is well well documented by just about every organisation on the planet, however they just might appreciate some action against the perpetrators. Oh I don't know, sanctions, maybe a bomb or two dropped in Khartoum, how about some peacekeepers, and please for heavens sake not monitors like in other parts of Africa. As I said earlier the refugees don't need anymore documenting of their suffering.

Over to you again Kofi and the UN..

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