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Wednesday, 04 April 2018

International Reports on Darfur... Double Standards despite the Considerable Stability

The international aid groups continued submitting ambivalence reports on the situation in Sudan despite

the improved stability witnessed in Darfur in particular in the recent years as testified by all the foreign officials who visited the region after the successful firearms collection campaign launched by the Sudanese government.
These contradicting reports raise several questions on the credibility of those aid groups on their reporting about Sudan after their visits.

Double Standards

Observers consider that some of the international agencies are still dealing in double standards disregarding that their reports should be just and credible when submitting it to higher offices.
These double standards became very obvious to all observers. Since the start of Darfur crisis several aid agencies with certain agendas emerged and started violations against the civilians in terms of selling weapons, child recruitment under the cover of humanitarian activities.
It goes without saying that the Sudanese government is exerting all possible efforts to stop war and achieve recovery in Darfur, a matter that the aid groups never mention in their reports.
As an example the WFP official after visiting El-Fashir prepared a fake report as she alleged that the security situation could not be predicted due the continuation of kidnapping, fire shooting, killing, thefts, looting and rape.
She added that this did not affect the WFP operations.
Her report comes in contradiction with what the WFP Security and Safety official in El-Fashir office who affirmed the stability of the security and humanitarian situations.
The region did not witness any of the violations included in the WFP official report, but on the contrary the region witnesses stability, decline of insurgency, disappearance of gangs, and decline of intertribal clashes due to the successful firearms collection campaign.
During the last seven months the region witnesses only one case of kidnapping (the Swiss national Margaret) who was released after intensive efforts exerted by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) which all the world knew after her release.
But despite this reality on the ground the WFP official is still insisting that there is no stability in the region but the WFP operations will continue. The question is if the security conditions are not stable how come the WFP officials visit whatever area they want without any fears?
Another example is the report of the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten which includes fabricated information as she affirmed that women continue to be raped while collecting water or firewood, or when they leave camps to pursue livelihood activities, adding that she heard from women who are unable to return to their pre-war homes due to the absence of security and fears of being raped. In addition, women told me about sexual violence committed in the context of inter-communal conflicts over land and natural resources.
The same Pramila Patten spoke very positive during her visit to Sudan, but when she returned to New York she ignored totally what she had seen on the reality in terms of human rights improvement.
Any visitor to Sudan will recognize that preserving of human rights is on top of the Darfur Crimes Prosecutor which was neglected in the report of Pramila Patten. This issue is also absent from all the regular reports on human rights commission which cares for Darfur people in particular.
Experts Views:
Sudan Vision contacted political analyst, Taj Addin Nyam on the issue. He said that preparing reports is an ethical, religious and social issue so the reports should be written in full credibility and investigation in getting the information. But according to Nyam some of reports are written due to political and personal purposes to serve the interests of some countries.
He affirmed that what the WFP said in her report about El-Fashir is untrue, affirming the stability of security conditions in Darfur due to the success of firearms collection a matter that reflected positively on the social and voluntary return.
He said that some aid agencies try to please their officials fearing the loss of their positions if they write against the will of their bosses.
Nyam called on the aid groups to report on Sudan according to accurate information which they witness on the ground.


Despite Khartoum’s commitment to the Five Tracks i.e. stability in South Sudan, Improvement of humanitarian situation in Darfur, Blue Nile, S. Kordofan, easing the access of humanitarian assistance, stopping the military operations, anti-terrorism and Human Rights; but still there are parties which always try to tarnish the image of Sudan for personal interests or as dictated from hostile parties.

The Sudanese government is exerting great efforts in the human rights record since the end of Darfur war besides continuous declarations of unilateral ceasefire in order to push forward the peaceful process and achieve peace, stability and reconstruction in the region.
Observers see that the UNSC to reduce UNAMID affirms the stability of the situations in Darfur and paves the way for tribal reconciliations and social peace among the citizens.
To sum it up we say that the international aid groups’ negative reports on Sudan are not just and lack credibility compared to the reality on the ground.