Sudan: Janjaweed on the rampage in Darfur but that does not bother Qatar, which has just handed over $1 billion in aid

A Sudanese family takes shelter under their donkey cart at the Kalma refugee camp for internally displaced people, south of the Darfur town of Nyala, Sudan, March 9, 2014. Thousands have been recently displaced following looting and destruction of a number of villages in South Darfur.

Confirming reports that first emerged from local sources and Radio Dabanga, new satellite imagery from March 26, 2014 shows more than 400 huts, tents, and temporary shelters burned by Sudanese government-backed Janjaweed forces in Khor Abeche.

The destruction at a South Darfur camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) is located near a peacekeeping base.

The images were captured by the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) and analyzed by DigitalGlobe Intelligence Solutions.    Read more…

Omar al-Bashir, Islamist and President of Sudan

The photos reveal that most of the destruction affected structures that were next to or adjacent to the peacekeeping compound used by the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The compound itself was not damaged.

UNAMID has said it is protecting thousands of displaced civilians at several bases, including Khor Abeche, and the SSP image shows a large group of people towards the top middle area inside the UNAMID compound.

A UNAMID spokesman tells SSP that peacekeepers and IDPs at Khor Abeche were first alerted of a possible attack to the camp on March 21.

The population of the camp, about 3,000 people, took refuge at the UNAMID’s base. The following day, while the peacekeepers protected those within the compound, about 300 heavily armed men set fire to the nearby IDP camp.

Eyewitnesses to the attack on Khor Abeche camp say the assailants burned to death a sheikh, injured many residents, kidnapped local leaders, and looted property and livestock while also destroying water wells, homes, and a hospital…

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

Then this: Sudan says Qatar to deposit $1 bln as part of aid package: (Reuters) – Qatar will deposit $1 billion at Sudan’s central bank, Khartoum said on Wednesday, announcing an aid package to Sudan’s Islamist government that is likely to worsen Doha’s already tense relations with Egypt.

The announcement by Finance Minister Badr El-Din Mahmoud came at the end of a visit to Khartoum by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, whose backing for the Muslim Brotherhood has frayed ties with Egypt and Gulf states that support the army-backed government in Cairo, including Saudi Arabia.

Doha, Qatar

Mahmoud, speaking at Khartoum airport, said Qatar also planned to invest in large agricultural and energy projects in Sudan, whose economy has suffered since South Sudan broke away in 2011, taking with it much of Khartoum’s oil fields.

“Sudan realised big economic gains from the visit of the Emir of Qatar today,” he said.
Cedric Barnes, Horn of Africa project director at the International Crisis Group, said the Qatari aid marked an extension of Doha’s long-standing support for the government in Khartoum and was an effort to prop up one of the last remaining “bulwarks of Brotherhood-style leadership in the region”.

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The residents of Darfur are ethnic black African Muslims. Omar al-Bashir says he is an Arab although just from looking at his picture he appears to have African ancestry too. Regardless, the “Arabs” of Sudan are trying to get rid of as many black Africans as they can.