Using the designation for the first time in its 11 year history, the Holocaust Museum called the situation in Darfur a "genocide emergency" --not merely a description but the strongest language the museum has, in a three-tiered system designed to call attention to atrocities. [New York Times] The message is unmistakable -- every muscle in our culture should act, now, to stop the genocide. Never again.
Hussein, six classmates, and a teacher hid in the classroom. A gang of janjaweed found them, and dragged them outside. Others started a fire.
They began chanting "Abid, Abid, Abid," Hussein said. It means slave.
Then they shot his teacher and threw his body into the flames. Next they pushed Hussein into the fire. "I felt pain in my legs, but there was no blood," said Hussein, running his thin fingers across his right calf.
In quick succession, the other children were thrown in, too. The janjaweed didn't wait to see them die, and when they left, the children scrambled out of the flames, with minor burns, except Hussein, the first one in. His legs were too swollen, and he fell, unconscious. A relative who had been hiding nearby, waiting for the janjaweed to leave, scooped him up.
"Nobody can believe I survived," said Hussein, whose round face is now scarred with blisters the size of marbles.
The burnings are continuing. A few miles away in the Otash refugee camp, seven villagers, all interviewed separately, described seeing children abducted and set on fire when the janjaweed attacked Adwa two weeks ago.