Waiting for the ICC
Life in Khartoum is settling into a bit of a routine. Batter out a thousand words for my book first thing, then it’s a day of meetings, planning and checks as I prepare to head to Darfur. It’s always a tricky business. No-one ever knows when the travel permit will come through. Maybe four days, maybe 10. It’s a good chance to talk to NGOs, UN officials, Sudanese commentators and work out where to head and what to see.
Darfurarea with a special guest. Details later. Interviewed an 8-year-old boy today whose arms were blown off. Very insecure.
Hollywood star George Clooney and Mia Farrow on Tuesday stepped up their campaigns to highlight the Darfur conflict with visits to eastern Chad where hundreds of refugees have fled. Clooney is about to go to eastern Chad, while Farrow has just returned from the area where she met refugees.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has argued Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir masterminded genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur and should be brought to justice.
What will the court decide? And what do the victims have to say about it?
Who more deserves a voice than the victims of atrocities?
The question I’m asking is, when is it coming? Everyone is getting into place and now it’s just a case of waiting and wondering.