Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sudanese militia confirm Government link
Sky News is reporting from a Janjaweed village this morning that tribal elders have confirmed that the Sudanese government had instructed them to take up arms against the African tribes that had attempted the uprising.

According to Sky News, tribal elders told correspondent Stuart Ramsay that "they told him they regretted the violence, but said the government had asked them to take up arms".

Ramsay went on to say that Janjaweed gunmen have been making overtures of peace lately, in an attempt to encourage some of the people they forced from their homes to return, but that the sight of young miltiamen with AK-47 assault rifles slung over their shoulders meant the refugees were too scared to come back.