Thank you very much for the recent opportunity to speak before your Community Forum and to your radio audience in the Twin Cities Area.

I was glad to speak directly with the audience to emphasize that the majority of the news you’ve been hearing about my country is intentionally filled with half-truths and distortions and seek their active participation in determining why this is so?

Thank you very much for the recent opportunity to speak before your Community Forum and to your radio audience in the Twin Cities Area.

I was glad to speak directly with the audience to emphasize that the majority of the news you’ve been hearing about my country is intentionally filled with half-truths and distortions and seek their active participation in determining why this is so?

For example, the U.S. State Department’s declaration of “genocide” in the Darfur Region of my country was compiled by interviewers who never sat foot in Darfur. Instead, the American team interviewed refugees in the neighboring country of Chad among people living in camps that are safe havens for rebels based in Western Sudan. Rebels, who have taken up arms against the government, had great influence toward the outcome of the American investigation and its erroneous conclusion.

We want African Americans, in particular, to know that the Secretary of State’s characterization of the Darfur situation is in stark contrast to more comprehensive and thoughtful assessments of the European Union, African Union, Arab league, organization of Islamic Countries, the Non-Aligned Movement, International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. Just as I was appearing on your program, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the African Union, told the United Nations in New York that there is no genocide in Darfur. These organizations all have had personnel on the ground for months in Darfur. They have been there for a considerable period and their assessments are based on the realities.

There is another distortion that situations that caused the crisis in Darfur are due to Arab versus Black African ethnic cleaning. This is propaganda that has its basis more in America than in Sudan. In Sudan, we are all African. In Sudan, the term Arab has more meaning as a language than “ethnic” group. There is no program of ethnic cleaning and there is no slavery in Sudan.

I was glad to interact with you, because I want to speak more and more to, and among, African Americans. The Anglo-oriented press has been the ones to produce and promulgate the distorted image of Sudan. As you know, they have had a history of such tactics toward people of color. But, we have embarked in actions to go directly to African American communities and rebut these lies and distortions. Recently, here in Washington I met with the President and Vice President of the Black Press of America and we are preparing to send African American reporters to Sudan, in coming months, so they can report the truth directly to your audiences what is going on in my country.

Peace from almost two decades of war is what we seek, while many in America are simply seeking to replace our government and move closer to taking over our country and its many valuable resources. I’d hope that you, and your readers, will take a closer look at who is arming the rebels and who has a stake in making the current humanitarian crisis the basis for military interventions inside Sudan.

We ask you to join us in helping to peacefully abate the problem in Darfur and bring about peace throughout Sudan, Africa’s largest country. I am sure that the peace we seek ultimately will bring millions of African American tourists to our country and the Nubian cradle of civilization that will illustrate to them their true and great history.

10/04/2004

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