EU defense ministers and the Czech EU presidency have called the EUFOR-Chad mission a success. But organisers such as those in Djabal camp recognise the odds have been heavily stacked against the mission. Mounting the EU’s biggest armed peacekeeping operation ever meant overcoming stark geographical challenges.Refugee Abdil Aziz Adam Hosman told a Euronews reporter he hopes the international indictment of Sudan’s president will neutralise the notorious marauders: “If al-Bashir is arrested, the Janjaweed will be out of power, because the Janjaweed get their guns and food and everything from al-Bashir.” Last July, the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against President Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur, the active force being Chadian and Darfurian Arabic-speaking partisans, the Janjaweed. José Fischel, with the UNHCR, is the director of Djabal camp. He voiced fears about al-Bashir’s decision to revoke aid organizations’ licenses in Darfur: “It’s possible that, if there is not enough support and protection, thousands could pour across the border into Chadian territory.” The head of the European Commission delegation to Chad, Gilles Desesquelles, told Euronews that, as part of its regional struggle for power, the Sudanese government is directly involved in the massacres committed by rampaging militias: “Chad believes, as does the Commission and the EU, that Chadian rebel groups attacking Chad’s territory have Sudan’s support.” The UN has said that if a worse humanitarian crisis is to be prevented, resources must be mobilised to help more than a million people. Oxfam says aid agencies have reported 25 attacks on them per month, insecurity forcing several of them to suspend their work.
Vulnerable still insecure in Darfur