The New York Times has a wrenching front-page photo and story this morning (Sunday). Here is an excerpt:
Days after the American secretary of state and the United Nations secretary general ended their tour, witnesses said, gunmen stormed a girls' school in the desert region of Darfur, chained a group of students together and set the building on fire. The charred remains of eight girls were still in shackles when military observers from the African Union arrived on the scene.
That is a gruesome reminder of the kind of violence that the Sudan government has promised to stop by reining in the Janjaweed militias that it once encouraged when the government's focus was on quelling a civil war that swept Darfur. But since the visits, killing and raping continues, and health conditions are more dangerous.
The New York Times reporter Marc Lacey has been allowed only limited access to Darfur, in carefully controlled settings, and despite that confronts profound evidence of the attacks that are ongoing:
On this reporter's third visit since April to government-held portions of Darfur, always accompanied by government officials, the signs of misery seemed more acute than ever, and the camps significantly larger.
At the Nyala hospital, one man writhed on the floor with a gash in his bicep that he said he received in a militia attack days earlier. There were skeletal babies, many of whom no longer had the energy to cry. Outside of town, one boy with burn marks on his face, his arms and much of his body approached a visitor and asked for something to eat. He was burned, he said, when his village was set afire.
Meanwhile, thanks to Passion commenter gottab for these helpful links:
Eric Reeves has revised his mortality estimate upwards:
He argues that the death toll from the campaign now stands at around 135,000.
Alexandra Davis of AP put out a very good story about the strain being put on host communities in Chad.
See also Jim Moore's "How to engineer a genocide."