By Bushara Ahmed Gumaa, a Darfurian Computer Engineer, a Writer and a Fighter for Freedom.
February 5, 2006.
This article is an answer to the article entitled “Do the behaviour of Debi, Khalil and Mini led to the suicide of the Zaghawa tribe” (the article was written in Arabic and published on the website sudanile.com by Haidar Shalgami, dated 2006-01-17).
THE APOLOGY OF RACISM:
Unfortunately, some Sudanese people of Arabic origin consider themselves superior than the indigenous Sudanese from South Sudan and from Darfur. They call them “Abied” (slaves) and they use to say “nihna awlad aarab” (we’re sons of Arabs). Nevertheless, when they go outside Sudan, not only to Europe or the US, but also when they go to their brothers’ countries like Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, etc. they realise that they aren’t Arabic or at least they considered as second-class Arabs, because their appearance is more African than Arabic. Since they’re persons of mixed native Sudanese and Arabic ancestry.
Long time ago, when I was living in Sudan, almost thirty years ago, there was racism too, but it was not so exacerbated like today. Because, The other day I read a racist article written buy somebody called Haidar Shalgami, related with the conflict in Darfur. It seems to me that his heart is full of hatred against the Zaghawa ethnic group. But, the most outrageous is his attitude; he explicitly called the Sudanese people in general and the Darfurians in particular to hate them, too, and even encouraged Mr. Abdul Wahid Mohamed Nour (the former President of the SLM) to fight against Mini Arko Minawi (the current President of the SLM).
So, this is not freedom of expression, its an Apology of Racism that’s a crime recognised by the International Law and by many countries, except those who are governed by dictators, criminals and racists like Khartoum’s regime. Some words kill like bullets, when they used to encourage people to hate each other, because hatred can provoke atrocities. Precisely, the genocide committed by the Janjaweed militia in Darfur against certain ethnic groups like Zaghawa, Massalit, Fur, etc. and still going on is thanks to hatred, because is a racist motivated.
Some Rwandan journalists have been trailed; accused of accomplices of the genocide that took place there, more than a decade ago. Because they use Mass Media to encourage Hutos to kill people belong to Tutsi tribe using similar arguments like that you (Haidar Shalgami) used in your article to inject your poison in the hearts of the Darfurian people and the Sudanese in general, against the Zaghawa ethnic group.
AL-INTIKAS’ REGIME IS FULL OF RACISTS AND FASCISTS ELEMENTS:
The director of Al-Wifaq newspaper, Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed “INTIKASI”(belong to AL-INTIKAS regime) has propagated the same hatred against the Zaghawa tribe: he said that this tribe has a Jewish origin, without any evidences. Do you know what’s the purpose of this kind of declaration and particularly in this moment? It’s simple, he wanted to be the Hitler of Sudan and encourage the Janjaweed militia to continue their atrocities against this ethnic group and the indigenous Darfurian in general. Because, the AL-INTIKAS’ supporters like Al-Wifaq’s director, when they talk about Jewish and in this tone they mean “the worst enemy to fight”. Therefore, the fascist and racist Jallaba (Haidar Shalgami, Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed and their supporters) they want the atrocities in Darfur to go on, so as to destroy it. And they want the Darfurians to hate and fight each other, forever.
Honestly, independently of the controversial number of the Jewish people who had been murdered by the Nazi regime, there’s no doubt that there was a genocide committed by Hitler against Hebrews ethnic group (Jewish).
DO THE FASCIST AL-WIFAQ’S DIRECTOR MOHAMED TAHA MOHAMED AHMED AND THE RACIST HAIDAR SHALGAMI FEEL HAPPY, IF THE JANJAWEED MILITIA MANGE TO KILL ZAGHAWA PEOPLE LIKE JEWISH KILLED BY NAZI?
RACISM AND HATRED ARE NOT RELIGIOUS VALUES, IT’S JUST AL-INTIKAS’ VALUES:
Racism and hatred are not religious values. However, AL-INTIKAS’ regime is full of racists elements, such as the head of the regime’s negotiators in Abuja (Nigeria), Majzoub Al-Khalifa who’s negotiating with the Darfur rebels. This element is proud to be a racist, specially against Darfurians and this is the reason why he’s been assigned by the genociadal Omar Al-Bashir to lead the government’s negotiators. He’s well known by his racism and openly declared his hatred against “Awlad al-gharib” (the Darfurians), therefore, the Khartoum regime is horribly hypocritical and fake like its leader, the genocidal Omar Al-Bashir is a merchant of religion who uses Islam as commodity so as to obtain personal and political objectives. And call to “Jihad” (Holy war) to protect his regime.
HAIDAR SHALGAMI, LET’S ANALYSE YOUR ARTICLE IN DETAILS:
First of all, you mentioned that you’ve compromised with the Darfurians and the Sudanese in general to be objective and independent. But, when somebody reads your article discovers that you’re a liar and without any credibility, because you’re not objective nor independent, and it’s so evident; since your questions are full of hatred, poisoned and written with malice:
1. You asked why the Darfurians reject the northern Jallaba from Khartoum, even though, they’ve experiences in governing. But, they accept what you called “new Jallaba” who came from N'djamena without any experiences in governing.
ANSWER: First of all, you should know that the Zaghawa tribe is a Darfurian indigenous tribe like Fur, Massalit, Dajou, etc. and the meaning of Jallaba is slave traders. Secondly, the Darfurians we’re not stupid as you think, we’ve rejected the Jallaba who come from Khartoum and from other part of the north, only when they treat us like slaves in our homeland. We stood up for our dignity and for our rights, so, when we get our goals, our beloved Darfur will be governed by a Darfurians, independently of their origin or tribes. But, don’t worry about the experiences; it seems to me that you don’t know the history of Darfur: It was an independent great Sultanate since 1445, well known all over the world, at that time the majority of your admirable Jallaba from Khartoum were Christians or their ancestors hadn’t yet entered Sudan (what is today is known as Sudan).
2. With regard to your second question directed to Mr. Abdel Wahid Mohamed Nour, I’m sure that my brother Abdel Wahid knows very well who’s his enemy, the genocidal, racist and criminal Omar Al-Bashir or his brother Mini Arko Minawi.
3. You asked that did the Darfurian tribes just keep waiting and receive what you call “new Jallaba “ (your refer to Zaghawa people) with flowers?
ANSWER: I’d like to ask you, too: what do you suggest them to do? I can guess what you want them to do, and to whom you directed the question. Of course, this direct message is directed to the Janjaweed militia and not to the honourable Darfurian people. Since you want them to continue their atrocities killing more innocents and burning more villages, so as to complete their macabre job. Fortunately, they (the Janjaweed) face difficulties to do so. Thanks to our fighters for the dignity of all indigenous Darfurian, the NGOs, the AU and the UN soon “IN SHA ALAH”.
4. The last question you made was directed to the reader, you said: “Aren’t all these questions are dangerous enough to make the Sudanese nation and our Darfurian people to affect their conscience, specially when their great revolution has been stabbed with a poisoned knife, isn’t enough what’s happening today? ”
ANSWER: I’m really stupefied, I don’t know who are you and what are you? Are you a Janjaweed militia’s member, a secret service agent, who dedicate his pen for the Janjaweed Field Marshal, Omar Al-Bashir’s regime, a member of a Chadian rebel group or just a RACIST JALABA FROM KHARTOUM who’s thirsty of bloodshed and his heart is full of hatred? HAIDAR SHALGAMI, you are a liar, you don’t consider our struggle in Darfur as a revolution, you just use this term as a mask so as to hide your real identity (a racist Jallaba) and encourage Darfurian people to hate each other.
The rest of your article, not even deserve to be commented, because it’s just NONESENCE.!!!!
HAIDAR SHALGAMI, DO YOU KNOW THAT THE HALAIB TRIANGLE IS STILL OCCUPIED BY THE EGYPTIAN FORCES SINCE 1992?
In your article you’ve adviced the Sudanese people in general and the Darfurians in particular about the hypothetical danger that would come from N'djamena (you think so), but why you didn’t say anything about the real danger of the shameful occupation of our land, the Halaib Triangle by the Egyptian forces for fourteen years. Moreover, the coward genociadal Omar AL-Bashir is keeping a shameful silent regarding this issue. However, he feel very brave killing many children and women from Zaghawa, Fur, Massalit, etc. using Antonov planes, but he doesn’t dare to force the Egyptian to leave our land. Therefore, there’s no doubt that he’s either coward or accomplice of the occupation.
HAIDAR SHALGAMI, the previous danger is real and shameful for all good Sudanese, except the FALSE PATRIOTS like you. I’m afraid, that you aren’t even a Sudanese citizen or maybe you’re so brave like your master Omar Al-Bashir.
DAWLAT ZAGHAWA AL-UZMA (GREAT ZAGHAWA COUNTRY):
AL-INTIKAS’ regime has invented this abominable deceit as a tactic of “divide and conquer”, so as to weaken the indigenous Darfurians. For instance, during the civil war in South Sudan AL-INTIKAS said that the SPLM/A doesn’t represent the Southerners, it’s just a Denka’s rebel group, the same argument that it’s using today to divide the rebel groups in Darfur. It always says that tow rebel groups only represent Zaghawa tribe. And at the same time propagated false rumor saying that this ethnic group wants to revive their ancient kingdom alongside with Chad. In spite of the fact that, they’ve never mentioned such dream. I think it’s just a propaganda used as weapon so as to weaken and divide the Darfurians.
I’d like to ask all those who believe in such propaganda the following questions: Why you don’t accuse the “BEJA CONGRESS” to be a secessionist and why you don’t accuse the Beja people of planning to create “THE GREAT BEJA COUNTRY” alongside with Eritrea? And, why they accuse the Zaghawa people, in spite of, they haven’t even a rebel group or a political party called “THE ZAGHAWA CONGRESS ” or “ZAGHAWA’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT” that demand the right of self determination for “DAR-ZAGHAWA”?
HAIDAR SHALGAMI, I think you should ask your consciences, I’m sure that the reason of all these accusations is just hatred, and your questions are racist motivated.
DEBI AND AL-BASHIR WERE GOOD FRIENDS FOR YEARS:
Debi was a keen supporter of the genocidal Omar Al-Bashir, since the beginning of the conflict in Darfur. In spite of there are many Sudanese Zaghawa people have been massacred by the Janjaweed militia and their Field Marshal, Omar Al-Bashir. Moreover, you should remember that some months ago, Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, the president of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has rejected the Debi’s government mediation in Abuja negotiation; accusing it of partiality, due to its friendship with the AL-INTIKAS’ regime. But, when Debi discovered that the genocidal Onar Al-Bashir is a traitor, then he’s changed his mind. Because, the Khartoum’s regime was arming the Chadian rebel groups who attacked east Chad, last month. So, it’s just a political tactic: “if you help my enemies, then I’ll help the yours” (eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth).
During the civil war in South Sudan, the hypocritical regime of AL-INTIKAS that use Islam as slogan, has allied with a Fundamentalist Christian Rebel Group, The Lord Resistance Army (LRA), which accused of using children to commit atrocities and torture them using repugnant means, just because Uganda was helping the SPLM/A at that time. Is it a religious regime or just a criminal regime that uses Islam to stay in power?
I think this huge campaign of negative propaganda against Zaghawa tribe is due to their leadership and their determination to go on struggling with their brothers from other tribes for the rights of the indigenous Darfurians and the disadvantaged Sudanese citizens in general. For this reason they suffer a lot from the Janjaweed Field Maeshal, Omar Al-Bashir (many people belong to Zaghawa tribe have been murdered, tortured, etc. by the regime just because they’re Zaghawa). I’m sure that all the Darfurian rebel groups want a united Sudan, but, with a real democracy. This means that Sudan should be for all Sudanese, independently of their region, religion or ethnic groups.
HAIDAR SHALGAMI, at the end of this article I’d like to beg your pardon, if you feel offended by my sharp! Answer, and I’d like to tell you that: maybe, there’re more Zaghawa all over Sudan than in “Dar-Zaghawa” itself, so I don’t think that they’re interested in any kind of an absurd project of “Dawlat Zaghawa Al-Uzma” (great Zaghawa Land). Anyway, I hope that someday we forget the term “JALLABA”, “ZURGA”, etc. and all the Sudanese people can live together, peacefully, without any kind of superiority or inferiority. And even a Sudanese “Zurga” (black) from the South, East, Centre or Darfur can be the President of Sudan.
The following words I can’t call them a poem, but, believe me my brother (if you don’t mind) they reflect my real feelings:
I can’t Conceive my life without Dignity
Every child has the right to dream:
I’ll be a fireman, I’ll be a nurse,
a lawyer, a judge, a doctor, a sailor…
Everybody has the right to love and
everybody has the right to be loved.
Everybody has the right to live,
everybody has the right to believe,
but nobody has the right to kill kids,
to commit Genocide, killing youths
and elders like the autumn leaves.
I do believe in justice, equality and
F R E E D O M.
Freedom of expression revives
the democracy and refreshes, like sea breeze.
But the tyrant Omar Al-Bashir must
leaves right now! Like summer, so as to
receive the spring of real democracy.
And only then we’ll enjoy the breeze and smile
to the spring, like flowers and trees.
I love the nature: animals, birds, trees…
I love peaceful people and peace,
I love all the human beings, except
the dictators, the tyrants, the despots, the racists,
the cowards and the cowardice.
I want all the nations to be declared
a NO-DICTATORS ZONE.
I want to see all the nations without
misery, without poverty and without
crimes against the humanity.
You and me should help all poor people:
Wipe their tears, alleviate their pains and griefs.
You and me should help child-soldiers:
give them books, chewing gums
and take away their guns.
Tell them tales and let them play all the day.
You and me should help innocent prisoners:
Defend their case, independently of their race.
Call for a fair trail and justice for them. Nevertheless,
if the laws of the country don’t respect the basic human rights, then don’t respect the laws, use the force: destroy the jail, break the chains and set them FRE E, FREE, FREE…
We should unite our voices and our forces
to fight against the ignorance, against the injustice,
against whole dictatorships and let’s have
only one human citizenship.
Let Darfur be the last Genocide and the last atrocities
that might take place on the Earth.
And let’s should very loud: NEVER AGAIN,
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER…
Let the solidarity be the engine of our society
and let’s act like animals: DO NOT HATE.
Let all the human colors unite, like those in the rainbow,
let education and tolerance replace the racism and
all sorts of discriminations. And let all the nations
convert into one nation.
I’m a peaceful man but I’m not a submissive.
I swore thrice in the name of Almighty Allah that
I shall never kneel down to the dictator Omar Al-Bashir*.
And I’ll never give up, I’ll fight day and night for our rights.
I know that I’m risking my life and I deserve to live,
but I can’t conceive my life without D I G N I T Y.
* On April 2nd, 2005. The dictator Omar Al-Bashir said: “I swear thrice in the name of Almighty Allah that I shall never hand over any Sudanese national to a foreign court” (he meant that he’ll never hand over any of the suspects of the Darfur atrocities to the International Criminal Court (ICC), even though The UN Security Council Resolution 1593 forces him to do so) .
In the same day, I swore not to kneel down to the dictator and I’ll never give up fighting meanwhile the tyrant still in power.