I am looking at the sheep in the wadi [riverbed, or oasis]. I see Janjaweed coming—quickly, on horses and camels, with Kalashnikovs—shooting and yelling, ‘kill the slaves, kill the blacks.’ They killed many of the men with the animals. I saw people falling on the ground and bleeding. They chased after children. Some of us were taken, some we didn’t see again. All our animals were taken: camels, cows, sheep, and goats. Then the planes came and bombed the village.
Given crayons and paper to keep them occupied while human rights workers interviewed their parents, Sudanese children drew what they knew best: images of murder, bombing, destruction and kidnapping. One drew a man being executed by being shot in the groin. Another, women being abducted into sexual slavery.
2 million people are homeless. At least a hundred thousand dead. Countless women raped and children stolen into slavery. The UN refuses to admit that genocide is being committed. France opposes NATO intervention. The world looks away.