May 11, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 70 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
AL BASHIR EXECUTES MARTIAL LAW TO SILENCE EL-FASHER UNITY: US AND UN UNSPOKEN; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - May 11, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E808-E809] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] AL BASHIR EXECUTES MARTIAL LAW TO SILENCE EL-FASHER UNITY: US AND UN UNSPOKEN ______ HON. FRANK R. WOLF of virginia in the house of representatives Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Mr. WOLF. Madam Speaker, I would like to share with our colleagues an article which ran last week reporting that Sudan's leader, the internationally indicted war criminal, Bashir, declared martial law inside El-Fasher, Darfur. What's remarkable is the headline: Al-Bashir Executes Martial Law to Silence El Fasher Unity: US and UN Unspoken. Silence in the face of martial law? Once again, I urge this administration to find its voice on Sudan. [From Salem-News.com, May 4, 2010] Al-Bashir Executes Martial Law to Silence El Fasher Unity: US and UN Unspoken (By Alysha Atma) ``I know there are many good, compassionate people in this world, who will listen to us and help us''--Mohammed Yahya (EL FASHER/PORTLAND)--``Martial Law has been declared inside El Fasher, Darfur. We have to stay in our homes; the Police and Government Army are searching house to house looking for people, cell phones, cameras and pictures,'' a source on the ground there tells Salem-News.com. All communications have been severed, ``They are going to cut the network, no email or cell phones. We will not be able to communicate with anyone. We don't know how long this will last.'' The International Superpowers--US Government and China, have all given their silent approval in support of the Genocidal President of Sudan. Omar Al-Bashir is a wanted war criminal who ran, and won the recent, rigged and fraudulent elections. By standing silent the US Government has allowed a continued reign of terror to besiege the people of Sudan. The US government has chosen its path, to stand with the Sudanese President while he targets the people and strips them from their land, families and often their lives. The last several days have seen the tensions and terror increase inside the state of Darfur; bombings, clashes and protests have left many dead, injured or displaced. According to sources on the ground, this was to be expected, with information beginning to leak its way out of Darfur and their voices coming together in unity. The government (GoS) is trouncing hard on the people of El Fasher. Those inside report that the government is not only stopping all communication they are confiscating cell phones, cameras and computers in an effort to ebb the flow of information leaving the state. Sources say to brace for more to happen, there have been too many to count, arrested and beaten. Many of those being taken are the same that stood in strength and protested against the government's horror and deception. 2 May 2010 in El Fasher, also known as Al Fashir The GoS Ponzi scam that was earlier reported not only stole money from the hard working Darfuri's but also allowed the GoS to compile a list of names and addresses. This list is not being used not to repay those that the government owes money, but to target with violence and harassment. Many on this list have already been taken away or arrested; reports Indicate they are being sent to Shalla prison. ``Shalla is a very bad, terrible place''. We previously reported over 300 people were arrested in the two days following the protest. Our source says, ``Over 100 arrested today and still arresting more based on the governor's order this evening.'' Sources indicate this may be a very long lockdown; they cannot leave their homes and the market has been shut down. A majority of people inside El Fasher do not have running water and rely on every day trips to the market to feed their families. ``How are we going to survive if we can't get food and water, we can't last a week? If we leave our homes we are arrested or killed.'' Omar Al-Bashir has been known in the past to use starvation as a weapon of war. The goal and ideology has been consistent within this government; to clear Darfur of its people. ``They can do anything that they want and get away with it, anything beyond your imagination, that is what they can do,'' Reporter Mohammed Yahya said. Oil, gold, copper and uranium are all found in ground of Darfur. Omar Al-Bashir's actions suggest that the Sudanese people are dispensable; wipe out the people and the land is his, this equals money. He has successfully managed to wipe out over 80% of the villages. El Fasher is one of the largest towns in Darfur with a population of over 250,000, how many will survive? The citizens of El Fasher no longer having anything to lose; with no other direction and with many facing death or imprisonment, the U.S. and UN still stand silent. Their hope is for world to hear them and not allow another hundred people to disappear into [[Page E809]] Shalla prison today and thousands to starve while Al-Bashir smiles for the camera during his re-election photos. Mohammed Yahya said, ``I know there are many good, compassionate people in this world, who will listen to us and help us.'' ____________________