From the sprawling Camp Kalma, refugees displaced by the Darfur conflict are overjoyed in the conclusion by Sudan’s new governments to eventually deliver president Omar al-Bashir into the International Criminal Court.
On Tuesday, Sudan’s transitional government agreed to move him to stand trial before the court established in The Hague.
Darfuris and rebel groups have demanded that he be handed over to the ICC over alleged war crimes in a battle which based on the United Nations abandoned 300,000 people dead and displaced 2.5 million other people.
Local community pioneer Yaqoob Mohamed said the decision was”a victory for the victims” and goes a long way towards”rebuilding confidence” with all the direction in Khartoum.
Hundreds of thousands of these displaced from the conflict that broke out 2003 at Darfur, a vast area composed of five countries, still reside in camps and stay determined by aid given by the UN and other international organisations.
The battle faded when African American minority rebels rose up against Bashir’s Arab-dominated authorities in Khartoum they accused of marginalising the area.
To crush the rebellion, Bashir’s government resisted a armed militia of largely Arab raiding nomads called the Janjaweed, accused by rights groups of ethnic cleansing and widespread rape.
Countless those militiamen were afterwards integrated into the paramilitary Quick Support Forces, headed by commander and present political powerbroker Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, called Hemeti.
-‘Great relief’ -The choice to surrender Bashir into the ICC came after protracted discussions between rebel groups ranging from from Darfur and Sudan’s ruling body that took power after Bashir’s ouster and detain.
Three of the aides, including former defence and interior ministers, are also to be passed over to the courtroom, even though a timeframe hasn’t yet been declared.
“If Bashir and his aides aren’t given to the ICC, peace won’t ever find its solution to Darfur,” said Hassan Issac, yet another Darfuri residing in Kalma.
Hassan Isaac Mohamed, a 72-year old Darfuri, stated he felt”relief” at the aftermath of a war which had decimated his loved ones, killing his father and two brothers.
Government spokesman Faisal Mohamed told colleagues on Wednesday the”specifics of the way Bashir and the others will be shown before the ICC is going to be discussed together with the ICC and armed groups”.
Rights groups like Amnesty International are failing to get a speedy handover of their toppled strongman.
It’s promised accountability and retained Bashir in Khartoum’s Kober prison on a series of charges including corruption.
In December, the veteran leader has been sentenced to 2 years at a neighborhood reform center above accusations of illegally obtaining and using foreign capital.
He was removed from power following street protests against his rule broke out in December 2018 tripping unrest that left dozens dead, hundreds injured and thousands imprisoned.
“We had been relieved when Bashir dropped but today we feel like we could finally begin to get over the effect of war,” said Circle resident Jamal Muhammed.
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