Wednesday, March 04, 2009

ABC Channel 40 interview

Local Man Reacts to Charges Against Sudanese President
March 4, 2009 06:08 PM EST
By Marci Izard

AMHERST, Mass. (Abc40)-- On Wednesday, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The news has comes as a relief to Amherst resident Mohamed Elgadi.

Elgadi arrested in Khartoum, Sudan in 1992 for his human rights work. Government officials held -and tortured him- for four months.
"It's a long time but it's still painful. They did everything from electric shocks...beating ... everything, including rape," he says.
Elgadi was finally released under the condition that he work as a Government informant. He consented - then fled.

He and his family have lived in the United States for over fifteen years but they still are active in the fight for justice in Sudan. He says the atrocities in Darfur have put an international spotlight on the violence, which he says, is going on across the country.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Three powerful women

from the website of our sister org Darfur Alert Coalition

These three women hold in their hands the future of Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir, and of Darfur. They are the pretrial judges of the International Criminal Court -- Akua Kuenyehia of Ghana (left), Sylvia Steiner of Brazil (center) and Anita Usacka of Latvia -- who are ruling whether to issue an arrest warrant for Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Their historic ruling will be announced to the world Wednesday, March 4, and the reaction will be immediate and worldwide