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More than once, the world has pledged never again: after the Holocaust in World War II, after Rwanda

in 1994, then Bosnia in 1995, and most recently after the slaughter in Darfur. Nevertheless and in spite of an arrest warrant against President al-Bashir, a second Darfur is just happening in the Nuba Mountains again, a region in North Sudan close to the Southern boarder. With methods of ethnic cleansing civilians in the villages get bombed by planes while in the cities the Nuba are selected, abducted from their homes and killed.

Help and supported often only emerge when the horror gets perceivable through the power of pictures. "The Devil Came on Horseback" shows Brian Steidle who as a civilian documented the atrocities of the genocide in Darfur. His pictures were published on the back of the New York Timesand thus for the first time gathered global attention on the issue.

Similarly, Cinema for Peace bought video cameras and satellite systems in order that the people in the affected areas are able to collect evidence of the war crimes against civilians. Tomo Kriznar is coordinating the project on ground and passes the information to newspaper such as The Guardian or the New York Times.

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For more information on the issue Cinema for Peace would like to recommend the movies "The Devil Came on Horseback" (2007) by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, "Darfur Now" (2007) by Ted Brown and "Sand and Sorrow" (2007) by Paul Freedman.


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WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

  • Take a moment to call the White House at +1 202-456-1111, the Foreign Ministry of Germany at +49-3018-17-2000 and the Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin at +49 30 2270 and ask to forward your plea for support for support of the victims in Sudan to the government International pressure by the UN, the EU, the USA and neighbouring countries
  • Demilitarisation of the regions which are adjacent to the border and which status still needs to be clarified
  • Impose a No-Fly Zone immediately
  • Provide air defense capabilities to the Government of South Sudan when it becomes independent
  • Establishment of War Tribunals which judge on human rights violations and crimes against humanity
  • Ramp up an array of new financial sanctions aimed at the heart of the Sudanese regime's military industrial complex
  • Support the existing U.N. sanctions regime to hold accountable individuals responsible for instigating violence in Abyei
  • Strengthen the United Nations Mission in Sudan with a future mandate that prioritizes civilian protection and provides access to sensitive areas on both sides of the north-south border.