Dear Mr. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
We strongly support the new alliance of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), which was formed by marginalized groups who did not benefit from Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The region of Darfur was outside the CPA, and the referendum promised to Abyei and the process of popular consultation promised to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile has turned into nightmares.
Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, and his gangs in Khartoum are blowing the trumpets of war. They are killing and displacing thousands of Sudanese civilians in addition to bombarding the new young nation of South Sudan. It’s reported that over 29,000 people from Blue Nile and over 23,000 from Southern Kordofan have fled to refugee camps in Ethiopia and South Sudan. While the regime denies humanitarian access to those in grave danger of starvation and in need of urgent medical treatment inside Sudan, the international community is standing aside, watching terrible devastation unfold.
Instead of putting the strongest pressure on Khartoum to halt air and ground offensives that are targeting Sudanese civilians everywhere, it is reported that you have condemned the formation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front. We, the people of Sudan, believe in the rebels’ unity. They are not criminals but agents of change and peace. They deserve to be supported rather than supporting the criminals in Khartoum. We strongly urge you to withdraw your statement and to support SRF in its efforts to stop violence and to bring fundamental change and lasting peace to Sudan.
Up until now, the NCP has divided and manipulated the Darfur rebel groups and in the process have wasted precious Sudanese lives and vast international resources. Khartoum’s strategy of divide and rule is not a new thing and it occurred even during the twenty-two years of Sudan’s second civil war. Khartoum got away with setting Sudanese against Sudanese for their own selfish gain because of poverty and ignorance, but eventually those like Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riak Machar overcame that strategy when they signed the peace accord in Nairobi in 2002. A new wind of peace started to blow and the Southerners became more united, which paved the way to a new era with the CPA.
What does the UN and the international community wants the marginalized groups to do? Is it to surrender themselves to radical autocratic gangs in Khartoum or to unite their ranks, ideas and objectives and to negotiate for change as one group with similar grievances?
Our advice is that if the UN, US and international community cannot put enough pressure on Khartoum to stop killing its citizens, then they should stop denouncing SRF, which was formed by the rebels to protect civilians and to address Sudan’s fundamental problems. We, the Sudanese, strongly support the alliance as a remarkable step forward toward the realization of everlasting peace in the whole of Sudan. Please step out of the alliance’s way, support – not sabotage - their efforts and please help provide for the refugees and victims of Sudan’s government.
President al-Bashir and the National Congress Party are too deformed to change and too rigid to deal with softly. Until they are dealt with firmly and decisively, there will be no peace in Darfur or elsewhere in Sudan or South Sudan. The UN and international community must act in an honest way that recognizes that the real threat to peace in Sudan and South Sudan is al-Bashir and the NCP. The Sudan Revolutionary Front, which is supported by the Sudanese people, provides a viable alternative to the regime and it deserves our support and our respect.