Sudan’s three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country’s 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.
Despite the arrest warrant recently issued for him by the International Criminal Court, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has made a defiant move by showing up in Qatar to attend the 21st Arab League summit meeting, at which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was also slated to appear.
The International Criminal Court is getting its teeth, as judges have ordered the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity—including murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape—marking the first time the ICC has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state.
Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle—without the necessary funds or mandate—to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.