Sudanese refugees, ordered to take down their tent city in a Cairo park, were beaten by police when they refused to disperse. Ten were killed.
Hundreds of Sudanese have been living in the park since September to protest the U.N. refugee agency's refusal to consider them for refugee status. They want to be resettled in a third country, such as the United States or Britain, rather than go home after a peace deal ended the 21-year-long civil war in Sudan.
The sham here is that the civil war has ended and the violence has ceased. Even the UN concedes that the peace deal hasn't done much to quell the slaughter:
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 (Reuters) - After nearly three years of civil war in Darfur, the Sudanese government has yet to make real gains in ending militia attacks that have left tens of thousands dead, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported on Thursday.
"Large-scale attacks against civilians continue, women and girls are being raped by armed groups, yet more villages are being burned, and thousands more are being driven from their homes," he said in a report dated Dec. 23 and circulated at the United Nations on Thursday.
The government has not yet been able to even identify militia leaders, and a power struggle among rebel leaders has meant the two sides remain far apart in peace talks, Annan said in his latest monthly report on Darfur to the U.N. Security Council.
Conditions on the ground continue to deteriorate in a "deeply disturbing trend" that began in September amid growing inter-tribal conflict and banditry, Annan said, adding that a recent influx of military deserters from neighboring Chad has made the situation worse.
The genocide that is still occurring is being effectively ignored by the developed world, which will eventually wail in deep shame after thousands more are murdered. Meanwhile, the government in Khartoum gets ratification from both the Arab League and the African Union, which are holding their upcoming summits there.
So we see that Darfur is an orphan, with the UN, impotent as usual, failing to make any sort of real progress while the US, Europe and Asia make like it's none of our business. The most shameful are the AU and the Arab League. Their actions speak definitively.
Like Rwanda, like Cambodia, Darfur will be remembered as yet another open wound on the face of humanity.