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Sudanese Militias Are Committing Genocide in Darfur—Again

Sudanese Militias Are Committing Genocide in Darfur—Again
The United States has the power to halt ongoing atrocities in El Fasher.

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Sudanese Militias Committing Genocide in Darfur Once Again

The United States has the power to halt ongoing atrocities in El Fasher.

The ongoing genocidal atrocities in Darfur, committed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and its allies, are reminiscent of the genocide carried out by the janjaweed militia 20 years ago. The international community is failing to respond to the crisis, with the U.N. Security Council passing only a single resolution after nearly a year into the conflict. The RSF's offensive across Darfur mirrors the genocidal attacks of the early 2000s, only with more advanced weaponry.

The RSF is receiving direct military, financial, and diplomatic support from the United Arab Emirates, which has been urged to cease its support. The estimated death toll is as many as 150,000, and nearly 9 million Sudanese have been forcibly displaced, with 25 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The RSF has razed dozens of communities to the ground at a shocking pace around El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.

The U.S. government has urged the RSF to retreat from El Fasher or "face further consequences" and called out the "external backers of the belligerents [who] continue the flow of weapons into the country." The United States has the most influence to exercise the leverage and pressure needed to immediately stem the violence.

The U.S. government should work with regional partners to build support for an AU-led civilian protection mechanism in El Fasher to facilitate humanitarian aid routes and safe passage. The U.S. government should also call out the UAE for its support of the RSF and impose sanctions on all of the RSF's enablers.

The humanitarian aid pledges made by countries at the Paris conference for Sudan in April must be immediately implemented to prevent wide-scale famine. The international community must come together to address the crisis in Darfur and prevent further atrocities.

The world must prepare for the worst-case scenario as the RSF besieges and attacks El Fasher, cutting off water and critical supplies. The United States has the power to stop this genocide but is failing to do so.

The situation in Darfur is a man-made disaster of inconceivable proportions, and the international community must take immediate action to protect civilians and prevent further atrocities.