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‘Little interest in Darfur Regional Authority wind-up on the ground’

September 7 - 2016 EL FASHER
File photo: Otash camp for the displaced in Darfur (worldvision.com.au).
File photo: Otash camp for the displaced in Darfur (worldvision.com.au).

Displaced people, refugees, activists, politicians, and academics in Darfur have downplayed the importance of the celebration of the end of the Doha Document and the Darfur Regional Authority, on the pretext that “it concerns the National Congress Party Regime and its allies of the signatories of the Doha Document”.

Especially the displaced and refugees said, “the people of Darfur have nothing to do with that, nor are they paying it any attention. They still lead a miserable life of humiliation in camps from which they cannot go out to collect firewood, let alone return to their homes.”

‘Absurd’

Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association described the celebration as “absurd”.

He explained that “the Doha Document has ended while displacement and refugee camps have remained, and the security, humanitarian, and health situation continues to deteriorate”.

He pointed to “the killing of hundreds of people, displacement of more than 36,000 people after the Doha Document, aerial bombardment by the government, along with the burning of 3,500 villages”.

Sheikh Matar Younis, the head of the high committee for displaced persons and refugees in the province said that the Doha Document was isolated from Darfur issues. He explained that celebrating the end of the Doha Document is a matter concerning the Khartoum regime and the Transitional Authority.  ​

“The aim and purpose of the ceremony is to mislead and manipulate Sudanese public opinion and the international community.”

He said that “the aim and purpose of the ceremony is to mislead and manipulate Sudanese public opinion and the international community”. He pointed to the extreme failure of the Doha Document to achieve security, stability and development in the Province.

Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, the Chairman of Darfur Bar Association said that the Doha Document has disappointed the people of Darfur and made them lose trust in the partial settlements. He explained that the Liberation and Justice Movement, led by El Tijani Sese was created by the Government to absorb the anger of the people of Darfur and has used and exploited Sese for the marketing of the Document. “The outcome of the Doha Document is weak and not commensurate with the capabilities provided by Qatar. The security and humanitarian situation in Darfur is far worse after the Document.”

Bar Association

Lawyer Adam Sharif described celebrating the completion of the implementation of the Doha Document and the end for the Regional Authority as an attempt to justify the great failure of the Doha Document, which he said, was born isolated from the concerns and issues of the people of Darfur.

He stressed that the Document has  failed to stop the war or end the suffering of the people of Darfur, this as well as  failing  to stop the advancement of the new settlers to the lands of the displaced persons and addressing land, hawakeer and redressing of  grievances issues. He described the Doha Document as the worst agreement that has been passed in the modern history of Sudan and that celebrating its end is like an acknowledgement of the failure of which it has suffered.

Activist Adam El Nur Mohammed, said what was completed in the Doha Document was not an agreement but a document between the government and El Tijani Sese. He explained that the document has failed because it did not reflect or respond to the legitimate demands of the people of Darfur. He said “it has ended while nothing has changed on the ground”.


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