From Volume 37, Issue 4 of EIR Online, Published Jan. 29, 2010
Africa News Digest

'Darfur Genocide' Slogan Again Exposed as a Lie

Jan. 23 (EIRNS)—A new study has again debunked the charge that the government of Sudan committed, and is still committing, genocide in Darfur. The report was done by researchers at the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. It concluded that most of the deaths in Darfur, after the initial outbreak of the rebellion, were due to disease, and not government-backed militias or Air Force bombing. Most of the victims who were displaced by the rebellion and fled to camps "died of diarrhea spread by filthy water, pneumonia picked up in swirls of desert dust and fire smoke, malaria carried into their tents by mosquitoes and other maladies from years of rough living," according to the report. Violence is now minimal, except for criminal acts by bandits.

Defenders of the British imperial order, represented by such as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, intelligence operative Roger Winter, and former Director of African Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council John Prendergast (who has been rebranded as a defender of human rights) have all again been exposed as liars, whose real agenda is "regime change."

The new study was paid for by the U.S. State Department and the British Department for International Development, and was published yesterday by the British medical journal The Lancet. The study exposed the fraud of the mortality figures that have been claimed by the anti-Sudan lobby. It reported that those making the mortality claims were not able to count bodies and make extrapolations, the usual technique for counting battlefield deaths, because Darfur is such a large area. The Louvain researchers instead based their claims on interviews with a sample of family members. Based on the number of deaths of that control group, they extrapolated the number of deaths for the zone of the rebellion, by making comparisons to the death rates in the rest of the country. The study noted that even in peacetime, infant mortality rates in Sudan are high.

The study also noted that the "Save Darfur" propagandists had been accused of exaggerating the atrocities of the Sudan government by doubling more widely held estimates. Even a British advertising authority ordered the group to amend its advertisements to present the death toll as opinion, rather than fact. The study also reported that the problem with disease was aggravated in 2006, when World Food Program deliveries for the refugees were cut in half because of money shortfalls.

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