US Rep. James McGovern arrested at Sudan Embassy in Washington, DC 2012
Massachusetts Democratic US Representative Jim McGovern, co-chair of the US House of Representatives Bi-partisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission accused the Bashir regime for renewal of jihad and denial of humanitarian aid in a recent meeting with the Speaker of the Sudan Parliament and a delegation in Washington.
He issued a press statement on February 28, 2017 seeking to rescind the lifting of sanctions by the Obama Administration, virtually on the cusp of leaving office in January 2017, by submitting new legislation overturning the former President’s actions. All while US charge d’affaire in Khartoum Stephen Koutsis suggested in a statement on March 3, 2017 that the Bashir Regime stands ready to provide humanitarian aid to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North ( SPLM-N), despite the regime breaking a string of more than 13 cease fires in 2016 and 2017, including one just after President Obama lifted the sanctions. Moreover, the SPLM-N has evidence that the Bashir regime has poisoned food shipments. The Sudan Tribune reported that the SPLM-N “declined the proposal insisting on the need to transport 20% of the humanitarian aid directly from the Ethiopian border town of Asosa to the rebel areas.”
A December 7, 2017, Huffington World Post article, “We would not Feed our animals food from the Sudan government,”underscored these SPLM-N allegations:
The SPLM-N requested cross-line and cross-border assistance (assistance through adjacent countries such as South Sudan and Ethiopia) largely based on the fear expressed by people living in the Two Areas who, understandably, do not trust aid coming from the government that is bombing them. The distrust is so strong that some people have indicated that they would not feed their animals food from the Sudan government. Similarly, many in the population have indicated that they would not accept medical aid such as a simple measles vaccination for fear that the government would deliver poison instead.
A secret Arab Coalition plan captured in Darfur provided evidence committing genocide against the ‘Abiid’, the indigenous African tribes in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile regions of Sudan. The Arab coalition plan has the target of completing the ‘Abiid’ genocide by 2020. Bashir seeks to eradicate indigenous ‘Abiid’ replacing them with Arab tribes from surrounding countries in the Sahel recruited for his ‘Peace Force’ jihad army.
Moreover, as Darfur resistance commander and chairman of the Sudan United Movement (SUM), Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah, can attest there is no cease fire in his conflict area. There are simply relentless jihad attacks in Western Sudan by the Janjaweed, renamed ‘Peace Force’, forcing indigenous people into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and UN Refugee Camps in adjacent Chad.
Congressman McGovern was cited in a March 3, 2017 Sudan Tribune report saying:
This week, Jim McGovern, a senior House Democrat and leading voice in Congress on human rights, met with the Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer.
In a press release on Tuesday, the Democratic Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission said during the meeting that Sudan’s National Assembly and Omer in particular, “have been responsible for authorizing many of the most repressive actions carried out by the regime of President Bashir”.
“And therefore are accountable for the murder of millions of their fellow citizens and for the humanitarian crisis in Sudan,” he added.
According to the press release, the Congressman “plans to reintroduce bipartisan legislation this year to impose targeted sanctions on the Sudanese government for its genocidal acts and crimes against humanity”.
McGovern insisted “on the continuing need for unfettered humanitarian access, the release of all political prisoners and the cessation of all hostilities” in order to further improve bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Sudan.
He accused the Sudanese government of renewing attacks against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) positions in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
“Rather than ensure humanitarian access to South Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile, Khartoum has renewed offensive operations in South Kordofan, in violation of the agreements reached with the Obama Administration that resulted in the easing of sanctions,” he pointed out.
South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile states has been the scene of violent conflict between the SPLM-N and Sudanese army since 2011.
Last August, the two sides failed to reach a humanitarian cessation of hostilities deal paving the way for political talks including the political opposition parties.
The Sudan Tribune noted US diplomat Koutsis’ renewal of an offer of aid by the USAID:
In an opinion article published in Sudan Tribune on March 3, 2017 Koutsis reiterated the U.S. proposal saying Washington has offered to deliver humanitarian medical assistance to the people in the SPLM-N controlled areas.
“Our offer to oversee and implement these deliveries intends to give confidence to the SPLM-N that the Government of Sudan would not be able to control or block aid provided under this mechanism,” said Koutsis.
He pointed out that the Sudanese government “has agreed to this proposal, but as of yet, the SPLM-N has not allowed the proposal for humanitarian access to go forward”.
“Given current predictions of emergency-level food insecurity likely to occur within the next two months in SPLM-N controlled areas, an agreement to allow humanitarian access to begin now is critical to save lives,” he warned.
“The United States urges the SPLM-N to remove political conditions preventing humanitarian assistance from reaching populations in need and allow rapid deployment of humanitarian aid to civilians in the areas it controls,” he further said.
Co-author Deborah Martin, currently in Juba, South Sudan, has spoken to the SPLA-N high command who dispute these statements from former US Special Envoy to Sudan Donald Booth and US Charge d’affaires, Koutsis. SPLA-N officials contend they have not rejected humanitarian aid. Rather, it was the opposite; they were asking for coordination of humanitarian aid deliveries with USDAID. Both Booth and Koutsis may have ‘misinterpreted’ the SPLA-N offer of co-ordination as rejection. In either case the US officials sent the wrong message to both regional and international communities.
Previous Declarations on Sudan Jihad by the Bi-Partisan Congressional Human Rights Commission
When President Obama announced his lifting of sanctions against Sudan, Congressman McGovern responded with this scathing statement on January 13, 2017:
I am angry and deeply disappointed that the last act by the Obama Administration on Sudan policy is to ease sanctions against a genocidal regime when there has been little to no change on-the-ground in the human rights and humanitarian crises suffered by the Sudanese people.
Let us make no mistake: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is a war criminal. He and his brutal, corrupt cronies have been indicted for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Any kind of sanctions relief should only have happened after the humanitarian and human rights situation had markedly changed on-the-ground.
Khartoum remains a brutal authoritarian government that represses its own people, cracks down on democratic dissent and political opposition, provides no space for a free and independent press, and has yet to allow the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid to the suffering people of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
For me, the bottom line is whether the genocidal policies and practices of the Bashir government have changed. In my opinion, they have not. Women and children, the young and the old, are dying from slow starvation due to Khartoum’s scorched earth military campaigns and the denial of humanitarian aid to those in need. Until such time as unimpeded access by international and humanitarian relief groups is happening and aid is actually being delivered to those in need, I remain skeptical that any such good will gestures by our government are warranted.
McGovern prodded the incoming Trump Administration to act, saying:
As for the process that has just been put in place, I ask that the in-coming Trump Administration make sure that conditions have truly changed on-the-ground when making its determination in six months whether to make today’s temporary relief permanent, let alone expanded. There can be no back-sliding and there must be concrete change in the reality of the most besieged regions. Truly, people’s very lives are at stake.
Congressman McGovern has demonstrated his resolute commitment to Sudan freedom. He has been arrested three times for chaining himself to the entrance of the Sudan Embassy in Washington. In a May 2016, letter to former President Obama co-signed by 120 Members of Congress demanding that the US keep the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan as a high priority, McGovern wrote:
As the violence in Sudan grows worse, the world is looking to the United States to be a strong partner in the effort to build a lasting peace and address this devastating humanitarian crisis. Today in Sudan, families are being displaced, hunger and malnutrition have reached crisis levels, and civilians face the constant threat of aerial bombings. With today’s letter, our bipartisan coalition is calling on President Obama to make Sudan a top priority by taking new steps to protect the Sudanese people and put an end to this violent conflict
Clearly, former President Obama chose for whatever reasons to dismiss the concern of McGovern and colleagues in the House. Instead he rewarded indicted war criminal President Bashir by lifting 20 year old US sanctions, for allegedly helping to locate the elusive head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. (See related article: “Obama lifts Sudan Sanctions- while President Bashir perpetrates Jihad,” FrontPage Magazine, January 18, 2017).
Sudan ‘Peace Force’, Nertiti, Darfur, New Years 2017
Evidence of Continuing Jihad in Darfur and Adjacent Sahel areas
Late February brought fresh evidence of continuing Jihad by the Orwellian named ‘Peace Force’ of President Bashir in Darfur and neighboring the Central African Republic.
The Sortini Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp has been under siege for nearly a year. The Janjaweed ‘Peace Force’ militias established roadblocks around the camp in July 2016 preventing anyone from leaving the camp to the nearby town of Kapkabiya in north Darfur. Radio Dabanga News reported in January of this year that nine women had been systematically raped. Men and young boys could not go out of the camp to fetch firewood and water without being in danger of being shot and killed. The ‘Peace Force’ militias burned down their villages, destroyed their farms and fruit plantations while they under siege in full view of the international community. UNAMID forces cannot leave the IDP camp to protect women and young girls collecting firewood or fetching water. The only access to the camp is by air. These IDP victims were removed from their land by force. Men are systematically killed and women are systematically raped terrorizing this vulnerable population. They have been forced to abandon their land to Arab Janjaweed ‘Peace Force’ militias. A veritable jihad army of more than 150,000 foreign terrorists from adjacent lands in the Sahel and the Middle East were brought by the Bashir regime and trained, equipped and deployed in 16 camps in the Khartoum region.
When co-author Deborah Martiun spoke with members of the Sudan Peoples Liberaion Army -North (SPLAN) for the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile region, they confirmed capture of Jihadists from Niger, Mali, Libya and ISIS trained in the 16 camps in Khartoum.
The international community has stood by while the Sudan regime of indicted war criminal President Bashir has pursued a strategy outlined in the Secret Arab Coalition document uncovered in 2014. The objective of the captured is to entirely eradicate the indigenous population of African origin and replace them with Arabs. The regime has brought them from neighboring countries. The Bashir regime has plans on bringing non-Arab tribes such as Quran living in Northern Chad and settling them in the area of Disah, North Darfur. The Bashir regime's new strategy for the fighting season in 2017 is to form an alliance with the Quran tribe in the Northern parts of Chad and settle them in Darfur. The regime has displaced indigenous Darfurians into 150 IDP camps inside the region and 12 UN refugee camps in Chad. On their arrival, these settlers from Chad are provided with arms and integrated into the ‘Peace Force’ Janjaweed militia. ( For the details of the ‘Peace Force” operations in Darfur, (See related article: Jihad in Darfur: 18 Killed — 76 Wounded in Sudan ‘Peace Forces’ New Year Attacks by Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah, Fitnaphobia, January 8, 2017 .)
These ‘Peace Force’ Janjaweed militias are currently mobilizing in Amdukun, Western Darfur region to launch a new attack inside the Central African Republic (CAR) against the Gula tribe using armed Toyota trucks belonging to the Sudan Rapid Support Force. According to a Radio Dabanga News report on February 21st Sudan Rapid Support Forces (‘Peace Force’) crossed the border clashing with CAR forces resulting in 60 to 100 killed and dozens wounded, before retreating into Western Darfur.
Sudan Police torturing Darfurian Women , Kutum Darfur
The Bashir Regime ‘final solution’ secret Arab Coalition Plan captured in Darfur
A New English Review article, “The Secret Jihad Document found in Darfur”, February 18, 2017 by the co-authors revealed the ‘final solution’ for indigenous African tribes , the ‘Abiid’. The Arabic Language version of a Sudan Arab Coalition document of 11 pages was captured during the fighting between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) (Reorganized Janjaweed Militias) and Darfur rebels in October 2014 in Donky Hush, North Darfur. The document was found in an abandoned military truck belonging to the RSF. It was translated by co-author, Lt. General Abakar N. Abdallah, Chairman of the Sudan United Movement (SUM) in April 2015 to document the genocidal Jihad doctrine underlying the ethnic cleansing of Darfur, the Nuba Mountains Blue Nile Region and South Kordofan.
The document of the Sudan Arab Coalition project, was created in 1987 by former Sudan Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi who founded the Janjaweed militias. Al Mahdi and the late Islamic reformer Hassan al-Turabi had drafted in the 1960’s the Islamic manifesto to rule Sudan under Sharia Islamic law creating the Arabization and Islamization policies. Those policies are currently being implemented by his usurper, indicted war criminal President Omar al-Bashir. They form the core of the Jihad doctrine found in the Arab Coalition document. The Arab Coalition document carries forward the basic Jihad doctrine through the latest available edition in 2014. The central objective of the Arab Coalition document is to eradicate the people of Darfur and occupy the land by 2020. The most important part of this document is the evaluation of 2014 in which they distributed the entire Darfur region to different Arab tribes with the intention of completing their project by 2020. If the Arab Coalition plan is left unchecked by resistance forces, then Janjaweed militias will commit more genocidal atrocities in Darfur to complete their task.
Here are the ‘final solution’ objectives of the captured Arab Coalition document:
- Seize all livestock and resources from indigenous tribes;
- Kill their representatives, educated leaders and confine the rest of indigenous tribes in big cities, prisons, or kill them whenever there is an opportunity;
- Keep all government resources that can assist people on making complaints, or can be used in emergence cases, transportation, or communication so that they could not communicate between one another;
- Place camps of Arab fighters (Janjaweed) on high mountains so that the attackers cannot approach them; and
- Attack areas that have strong resistance with large forces.
Co-author Martin affirmed that SPLA-N leadership is concerned if the Bashir regime remains in control. As depicted in this Secret Arab Coalition plan, Khartoum’s objectives remain the obliteration of all ‘Abiid’ in the Sudan.
SPLM-N Secretary General Yasir Arman
Evidence of Cease Fire Breaches in the SPLM-N conflict areas in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile Region of South Kordofan.
January 24, 2017 SPLM-N Secretary General Yasir Arman held a video conference with the UN Security Council providing testimony on the Bashir regime’s violation of humanitarian cease fire agreements. The Sudan Tribune reported:
Yasir Arman made his call during a closed informal meeting through a video conference with the UN Security Council to explain the Movement’s position on the humanitarian and peace talks with the Sudanese government.
The informal meeting was attended by the UN Security Council members and UN "experts in the areas under discussion within the Council".
The discussion took place after statements by former U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth saying the rebel group declined a humanitarian proposal providing that USAID delivers humanitarian medical assistance to civilians in the conflict areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
In his speech the SPLM-N Secretary General blamed the Sudanese government saying it breached the Roadmap Agreement brokered by the African Union High level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), "leaving us with no credible political alternative".
Also, he said the government declined to deliver on its humanitarian commitments despite the signing of two humanitarian agreements in February 2012 and August 2013 in implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2046, adding that Khartoum uses "the denial of humanitarian assistance as part of its war strategy".
During the informal UNSC conference SPLM-N Secretary General Arman said this about the Obama Administration humanitarian aid proposal:
Regarding the proposal of the former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, Donald Booth on the humanitarian access, Arman said that proposal was made at the request of the Sudan government to by-pass the AUHIP’s proposal.
According to Arman, the mediation "urged the Sudan Government to accept Asosa in Ethiopia as an outlet for 20% of the humanitarian assistance into the Two-Areas, and the bulk of it be cross-lined from inside Sudan".
However, they welcomed the American proposal and proposed a few amendments, "but our efforts clashed with the end of the Obama administration," he said.
He said they will "positively engage President Trump’s administration" within the regional and international efforts to end war in Sudan and achieve democratic changes.
We note that the humanitarian cease fire declared on January 13, 2017 when former President Obama lifted sanctions against the Bashir regime in Khartoum was breached on February 21, 2017 was reported by the SPLM-N :
The Sudanese army and its allied militia started their dry season offensive at 6AM at Krongos Abdalah in Kadugli County, breaching the declared joint cease fire. This came after a well-orchestrated political campaign and hate speech against the SPLM-N and the Nuba people. We will repulse the offensive and call upon the regional and international community to condemn this offensive and hold the Sudan government responsible. The area is heavily inhabited by civilian population. We warned the Sudanese government from using their air force against the civilian population, which they usually do.
The Trump Administration should support Congressman McGoven’s call for rescinding the Obama Administration lifting of sanctions against the Bashir regime in the Sudan. This could be achieved by executive order or legislation as proposed by the bi-partisan Congressional Human Rights Commission. In support of such executive and legislative actions, the congressionally - chartered Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission should hold hearings presenting testimony by the Darfurian Sudan United Movement, SPLM-N senior resistance commanders and political leaders. That testimony would present the compelling facts on the ground about Genocidal Jihad perpetrated by the regime of indicted war criminal Bashir. Further it should explore both political and military options for facilitating the ultimate solution of regime change and political settlement of this flagrant humanitarian crisis.
 Lt. Gen. Abdallah is Chairman of the Sudan United Movement. He is a native of North Darfur who joined the Sudan Liberation People’s Army (SPLA) in 1984 and became active in the Nuba Hills and Darfurian resistance. In 1989 he joined the Patriotic Salvation Movement in neighboring Chad based in Darfur. He served as an officer in the Chadian army for 23 years. He held senior intelligence and counterterrorism posts including as Coordinator of the Multi-National Joint Task Force of Nigeria, Chad and Niger. He is a December 2002 graduate of the Intelligence Officers’ Advanced and Combating Terrorism Courses, US Army Intelligence Center and Schools, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was a Graduate Terrorism Fellow and is a Graduate of the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Washington, DC, 2005. He was an International Fellow and Graduate of the US Army War College, Class of 2008.
Deborah Martin is a long-term American Sudan human rights advocate having lived in both North and South Sudan conducting development projects as a professional engineer and linguist in a team with her late husband. She has worked on research linguistics of Jieeng, Nuer, Bari, Jumjum, Masalit, Nubian, Luwo, Reel, Madi and Moro. She has been working in North and South Sudan for 35 years as a linguist and cultural consultant following the situation as it developed. Her interview skills have brought the story even when media reporting has been limited.
Jerry Gordon is a Senior editor at the New English Review