Photo: ©UNICEF/Ethiopia 2013/Jiro Ose
Donald Booth, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia speaks during a welcome reception for “African Leadership for Child Survival” held at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Darfur Women Action Group does not approve of the appointment of Donald Booth as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan. We are wholly disappointed by his tenure as Special Envoy to Sudan as well as South Sudan under the Obama administration, as well as sincerely question his ability to produce tangible results for the U.S. government or the people of Sudan.
Booth is usually a career diplomat. that will is usually not doubted that will he is usually well-respected in Washington, as well as well-traveled on the continent of Africa. We refuse, however, to compromise the right we have for competency in our diplomats for that will of seniority or ‘experience.’ We believe a fresh appointment––a fresh diplomatic face––using a less tumultuous past is usually necessary.
Donald Booth led the effort to “pave a road toward…normalization of U.S.-Sudan relations,” as he stated in a 2014 Atlantic Council meeting. Booth wanted to forge a relationship with Sudan on a “restoration of a relationship based on mutual understanding as well as shared interests.” The Darfur Women Action Group cannot fathom how the US can possibly maintain a ‘mutual understanding’ using a regime actively committing genocide. Booth, however, still perceived This particular relationship as peaceful. Booth was complacent; he failed to defend American values: protecting fundamental liberties as well as rights.
Under Ambassador Booth’s leadership the people of Sudan has lost faith in America, its ability to broker peace. The Trump Administration has the opportunity to contribute to a lasting peace in Sudan, although only if they can appoint a diplomat with the conviction as well as motivation to affect real change.
Not only did Booth want to normalize relations using a murderous regime, he actively neglected those being murdered. During his initial fact finding missions to North as well as Central Darfur in 2016, Booth was silent. Booth failed to put forth any statements regarding the atrocities committed. We cannot trust him to speak up currently. Internally displaced individuals who talked to Booth during his visits were quickly arrested afterwards by the Sudanese National Intelligence as well as Security Service Forces without any prevail by Booth to grant them Discharge or protection. His appointment will Just as before silence those who have been suffering in Darfur for 17 years.
For years the American public as well as policymakers have protested the longstanding crises in Darfur as well as consistently called for U.S. leadership in holding Sudan accountable. Similarly, within the recent weeks, they mobilized again in support of the people of Sudan demanding effective U.S. policy that will will put the halt to the suffering as well as pave the way for peace, something that will Both has repeatedly failed to deliver upon.
The people of Sudan have suffered long enough. Rather than appointing someone using a history of overlooking violations of human rights within the country, we urge the United States to select a diplomat not simply of expertise, although of passion, of a deep understanding of Sudan as well as its relations.