By BLAKE CORRAO, DOUG DEPREKER and RYAN MCGRATH
During his presentation at Ramapo College regarding the ongoing genocide in Darfur, a visiting school from Columbia University talked about the horrors occurring on a daily basis in Sudan.
In his talk entitled, “Voices from Darfur,” Ahmad Adam spoke Nov. 19 about survivors of the ongoing genocide.
“The crimes there are crimes against humanity,” Adam said. “Just because it is not in the media, people think that the situation is not going on anymore.
“The question is why? Why is there this horrific genocide happening in Sudan?” Adam added.
Adam was born in Sudan, and studied law there before going to the UK to study international law, where he received his LL/M in International Law from Westminster University in 1999.
Since the genocide in Darfur began, Adam has been a voice for the people of Darfur, and has been involved in various peace talks with the United Nations, African Union, and Arab League, among other organizations, as a vocal opponent of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and those who support him.
“He [al-Bashir] is in power not because the people of Sudan want him to be in power. He is there not by the will of the people, not by the consent of the people, he is still in power because he is imposing himself by force and by blood,” Adam said. “He is killing the people of Sudan and committing genocide against the people of Sudan.”
Adam believes that continuing awareness is the only way to help the people of Darfur, and that his presence at Ramapo and other colleges can help promote awareness and peace for Sudan. By revealing his perspectives on Darfur and the Nuba Mountains, Adam hopes that the people’s awareness of these atrocities will encourage others to help out and save the lives of those effected.
He is currently working on a book titled “Darfur Betrayed: An insider Perspective” which hopes to take a critical look at the situation in Darfur, and how the process of peace has gone since it began in 2004.
“This is not just a crime against the people of Darfur,” Adam said. “This is not just a crime against the people of Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. This is a crime entirely against humanity, and humanity has the obligation and the responsibility to act now.”
[Adam talks Al-Bashir and the importance of being aware of the events taking place in Darfur. (Video Edited by: Ryan McGrath)]