The long struggle to save Darfur

Fifteen years ago, the US failed to stop atrocities in Darfur. Will this time be different?

A Sudanese woman who fled the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, and was previously internally displaced in Sudan, cooks, as she sits at her makeshift shelter near the border between Sudan and Chad, while taking refuge in Borota, Chad May 13, 2023
A Sudanese woman who fled the conflict in the Darfur region and was previously internally displaced in Sudan cooks at her makeshift shelter in Borota, Chad, near the border with Sudan on May 13, 2023 [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

Correction July 7, 2023: This episode has been updated to reflect the fact that Satellite Sentinel worked in other parts of Sudan and South Sudan, but not in Darfur.

Darfur’s years of systematic violence left the international community outraged – along with a few celebrities. And many of them tried to do something. They tried to save Darfur. At its peak, the Save Darfur movement would be an alliance of more than 190 faith-based organizations from many countries, a reported 1 million activists and hundreds of community groups. But by 2016, the movement shut down. So why did the movement fail – and what does it mean for the violence unleashed in Darfur today?

This is the second of a two-part series on the crisis happening in Darfur. Listen to part one here.

In this episode:

  • Rebecca Hamilton (@bechamilton), law professor at American University
  • Niemat, women’s rights activist from Darfur
  • Nathaniel Raymond (@nattyray11), human rights investigator

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Amy Walters, David Enders and our host Natasha Del Toro in for Malika Bilal. Khaled Soltan and Miranda Lin fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our head of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik. Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera