In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, US Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide has occurred in the Darfur region of the Sudan. According to Reuters, Powell stated “that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed bear responsibility and genocide may still be occurring.”
According to Bloomberg, up to 100,000 people have been killed by the mostly-Arab government-backed Janjaweed militia. The attacks have driven 1.3 million black Africans out of their homes and into refugee camps in Chad. Another horrific result of the government-led attacks against black Africans is the rape of large numbers of Sudanese women by the Janjaweed.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese government rejected the US declaration of genocide stating that the Bush Administration is using the crisis for its own political gains. The US recently urged the international community to send peacekeepers to Sudan to stop the genocide, reports Reuters.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .