"Exaggerated picture of Darfur"
12 November 2007, ROTTERDAM – There is no genocide underway in the Sudanese region of Darfur and there are hardly any civilians among the victims now falling in the conflict, Rony Brauman of Medecins sans Frontieres told AD in an interview on Monday.
12 November 2007
ROTTERDAM – There is no genocide underway in the Sudanese region of Darfur and there are hardly any civilians among the victims now falling in the conflict, Rony Brauman of Medecins sans Frontieres told AD in an interview on Monday.
The former director of the organisation criticised the Dutch television campaign to support Darfur last Friday. He says the situation in the African country was wrongly compared to WWII during the broadcast.
Brauman says the perception is wrongly being created worldwide that everyone is just standing by idle as a tragedy unfolds in Darfur.
"The aid action that has taken place there is one of the largest humanitarian actions ever organised. There are about 13,000 aid workers in Darfur, and another 2,000 in the border region near Chad. And they are working efficiently."
Brauman says that internationally there is often a comparison drawn with the Holocaust during WWII, and that this comparison is unjustified. He says this is being done to increase pressure to send troops to the area.
"The pressure is being stepped up so that everyone will believe we should send troops to save 10,000 innocents from death. But the situation simply isn't like that."
Brauman says it is "absurd" that Camp Westerbork was mentioned alongside Darfur during the Dutch broadcast on Friday. "There have never been concentration camps in Darfur. It is simply propaganda. As if reality isn't bad enough."
Journalist Aart Zeeman, one of the organisers of the television campaign, disagrees with the criticism. "The remembrance of Kristallnacht was in Westerbork and the organisation wanted to pay attention to Darfur during the commemoration. Whether you call it genocide or not, 200,000 people have been killed."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news