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The Forgotten War: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide

Elizabeth Barad, Suliman Baldo, John Prendergast, Kholood Khair, and Mathilde Vu

Bombs and bullets have terrorized civilians since April 15, 2023 when the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) vied for power to control Sudan, committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, and genocide.

Fighting has displaced more than 8 million people within Sudan; 1.5 million individuals have fled to neighboring countries. Hospitals and schools across Sudan have been shuttered or destroyed as a result of the fighting – up to 80 percent of health facilities in the country have been shut down leaving millions without vital health care. In Darfur the RSF, headed by a former Janjaweed leader, is ethnically cleansing the African Masalit tribe, effectively committing genocide. Sudan's strategic geo-political position poses a risk of the conflict spilling over into neighboring countries that are already grappling with delicate infrastructure and unstable security.

A distracted world has only lately paid attention. Attempts by African Leaders and the US’ participation to mediate the crisis and get the leaders of the SAF and RSF to talk have been unproductive. Our expert panelists discuss the situation and propose possible solutions.