[Originally posted here on the WITNESS Hub Blog.]
If you watch one thing today, make it this video. And then forward it to 5 people you know. Why? Because it features stark and rare testimony from four alleged perpetrators of the mass atrocities in Darfur, and it needs to be seen as widely as possible.
The men – whose identities are obscured – are former members of the Sudanese military and the Janjaweed militia: one was a senior officer in the Sudan Army Finance, one a high-ranking Janjaweed commander, another a Janjaweed footsoldier, and the last a Sudanese soldier.
The story of the genocide in Darfur is told through their eyes – how they were recruited, how
the activities of the army and the militia were financed, how attacks were organised, and even details of individual attacks.
The IHT has an extended piece on the film and its potential importance here.
Please help to ensure that this film is circulated and seen as widely as possible – to this end the film is available with Arabic subtitles, French subtitles (updated link – 12 Feb 2009) and German subtitles. Here’s the Aegis Trust’s press release giving more details, particularly for members of the media: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/darfur/2009/alert/397/
The Aegis Trust is a UK-based human rights organisation founded in 2000, with a specific mandate to prevent genocide worldwide.