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I have found watching the programme and listening to the stories of the people from the Darfur region of Sudan very distressing. I am very sad on learning of the death of nearly a million people, and that lessons from previous genocides have not been learned. The fact that these atrocities are allowed to continue when we are continually told, never again, I think is disgraceful and the United Nations should act. These tragedies must not be allowed to continue to happen without action being taken. We will never be persuaded that, never again, means anything unless we see an end put to this genocide and situations like Darfur are never seen and allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex, England

We watched the programme and felt a terrible sense of helplessness and shame at the behaviour of the west. What can we do to help? We commend all of you who were involved in its making.
Dan Stillit and Virginia Mclean, London UK

I find it appalling that nothing is being done to prevent a second Rwanda from happening. The UN should be doing everything possible to prevent it, and actually do something this time instead of just sending a couple of UN soldiers to hopefully sort everything out. The Americans should not be sitting there saying every country should sort their own problems out.

I think the documentary was a good step forward in showing ordinary people what is really going on in Darfur at the moment and it is the first documentary I have seen about it, although I knew about it a couple of months ago and was doing anything to find out about what was happeing in Darfur.
Tara Dick (14), Haddington, Scotland

If everyone really cared or at least tried could we not make a difference? Programmes like these are often on the television and they do not change one single thing. Why can't we the people who do care make a difference?
Mehmet Varlik, Kingston - England

Another of those excellent (yet awful) programmes, after which you feel totally helpless. I've written to our MP about African problems many times. Just a fraction of the money 'we' are about to pledge at G8, would have saved huge numbers of lives had it gone to funding a UN protection force on this occasion
Henry Pettinger, Keighley UK

From countless crises in the past we know that we need to act so why is nothing being done?
C Marshall
Having watched Live 8 yesterday this programme came at a fitting time. I have to confess that I had actually forgotten to some extent about the Darfur crisis, possibly due to the lack of attention given to it in the media in recent months. It made me angry just watching the programme; I know there are conflicting views about the goals of the Live 8 and "Make Poverty History" campaigns, with particular reference to giving aid to corrupt regimes. I don't know if Sudan is one of those countries considered for possible debt relief. But I do know that dealing with the Darfur crisis ought not to be such a contentious issue, it is genocide as seen before in Rwanda and the whole world should remember what happened there. From countless crises in the past we know that we need to act so why is nothing being done?
C Marshall, Derby, UK

Rwanda, Congo, Darfur, Zimbabwe : genocide in Africa. The United Nations was set up to stop war but it doesn't have the will to act in Africa, as Kofi Annan says. And neither does Nato or UK or USA.
Bill, London

Fergal Keane's report is a devastating condemnation of what has been happening in Dafur and the world's inability to prevent state sponsored genocide. We appear to have learnt nothing from the Holocaust, Bosnia and Rwanda. We need an international non-governmental organisation to monitor these situations and put pressure on governments not to engage in this type of activity.
David Aron, London, UK

I felt ashamed that our country had let this happen again. Surely there can be no justification for not stepping in and saving these peoples lives. When politicians can attempt to justify their inaction with statements such as "this is a process from which we will learn", you know it can't be left to them to sort out. The question is what do we as individuals do?
Pete Hatchett, Sherborne, Dorset

I am still reeling from the sickening images on your programme and gagging on the weasel words of the politicians. Why do we allow ourselves to be governed by people who by their criminal inaction condone brutality they have the power to stop? Why do we never hear strong political condemnation of China who prevent action for their own economic self-interest? Zimbabwe is currently facing the same brutal clearances - where is the action coming from to stop that? I am ashamed of our leaders - they don't represent me and the world I want - they don't talk for me or the vast majority of people who crave justice for the peoples of Africa !
Robert Middleton, Wigglesworth, Skipton, UK

Fantastic programme, but show it earlier in the evening so more people will become aware of the problems featured in the show. It's one thing for programmes with disturbing content that come from a writer's imagination to be shown at 9pm - but this is a real depiction of genocide and it deserves to reach a wider audience. Nobody complains if a programme with Nazi content is on at 9pm.
R Howe, Worcester, UK

Good programme, but its pretty disgraceful that the West are hiding behind the Veto's by China. The recent conflict interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo show us that if you want anything meaningful to be done, you've got to stop sitting on your hands and use your own moral authority rather than waiting for permission to intervene that will never happen.

Secondly, where is France, Germany and Spain's political will? The USA and Britain are always the ones who have to take a leading role, while they stand back and receive the benefits of those who actually act, without any sacrifice or reproach.
Roy Mitchell, Omagh, Northern Ireland

It is awful that we live in a world of international politics where profit (when push gets to shove) is worth more than human lives. I am disappointed that Africa and the world did not do enough to stop the terror in Darfur. Should any government be allowed to murder and plunder 'its' civillians the way Sudan has done? The Sudanese 'government' should be brought before the international court to face justice for their atrocities. By the way, who sells them arms? It's a sad world we are living in where the love of money and 'business concerns' have made the international community 'uncaring' in the face of man made atrocity and disaster.
Femi Daodu, Leeds, UK

Fergal Keane's programme on the Genocide in Darfur is a very poweful statement. As a citizen of one of the security council countries I am horrified at the faliure to prevent this from occurring and for continuing for so long. As with Iraq I fear that the major problem is that trade, especially in oil, is a major reason for some of the decisions taken by the governments involved. They should be ashamed at their failure to protect innocent victims of such violent acts. While a disturbing programme to make and watch I would like to thank Fergal and his team for recording this.
Alison Evans, UK

What a surprise the BBC blames the USA again. Your reporter sneers at the US State Department spokesman, but treats Kofi Annan with great respect & leads Annan into apportioning blame to all but himself. Annan could have been asked to explain the nonsense of Sudan being a member of the UN Human Rights body or of remaining as a UN member at all.

Given the BBC's opposition to the US/UK action in Iraq, taken in the absence of a UNSC approval, just what could they do in Sudan (you give France, Germany & Russia a free pass)? The BBC would have been quick to support the Muslim world's outrage at US/UK military action.
Shay Goss, Leeds, England

Not for the first time, I felt both angry and deeply ashamed that we in the West have done so little to help those displaced. It was particularly disturbing to hear Hilary Benn say that 'we haven't got it right in this instance, but hopefully do better in the future' as if the troubles in Darfur are over. What can we, the general public, do to change this situation? We cannot sit back and do nothing.
Kumiko Matsuoka, London, England

As a Rwandan genocide survivor, this programme made relive the agony of my people as the 1994 Tutsi genocide was unfolding in the eyes of the international community. I remember the expectations that the world would intervene to stop the carnage. Alas, the expatriates and their pets were evacuated, and most of the UN blue hemets were wihdrawn. They left us behind in the hands of the killers. We were betrayed by those who could have saved us. It is a pity that the same pattern is being repeated in Darfur. What's lacking is not means, but will by the powerful nations, the US and Britain. Does not Darfur prove that some human beings are more equal than others? The words "never again" have lost any meaning.
Emmanuel Rwemarika, Oxford, UK

Great work BBC. You told it how it really is. I worked in Chad last year as a Missionary Pilot, flying to the refugee camps on the border. I have felt so frustrated and even guilty at why the West (UN) has not intervened in a more constructive way. Keep it up and thanks.
Andy Fothergill, Gairloch, Highland

I can't understand how an organization like the UN that was created after the holocaust of the WW2 with the intent of keeping world peace and protect helpless minorities has failed systematicly to achieve the goal for which it was created. It just seams to me that the UN as an organization no longer serves minorities, no longer serves peace or justice and it definitly no longer serves the highest interest of humanity. Therefore it has became an ambiguous organization that serves internal interests of the majority and it doesn't represent my interests or the interests of anyone with a high standard of morality and humanity.
Pedro Lima, Newbridge, Ireland

I would like to congratulate Fergal Keane and the rest of the Panorama team for a truly excellent piece of reporting about Darfur - informative, factual, balanced, and courageous. How can you "make poverty history" in Africa when such evil rulers are allowed to continue persecuting their people in this way. The only lesson to be learnt from this programme is that the Sudanese regime (like Mugabe in Zimbabwe) knows it can continue to get away with such attrocities because Western governments lack the degree of real concern and moral outrage to do anything about it¿it is no use depending on the UN because, as the programme made clear, the make-up of the Security Council including, as it does, China which is increasingly befriending most of the rogue states in the world, means it is virtually impossibile to get a clear resolution to act. Frankly, I despair.
Rachel Tingle, Oxfordshire

I watched the programme on Darfur with a growing frustration - I felt for the aid workers who had been at the scene of these attrocities and yet were unable to help. The people of Darfur deserved the back up an organisation like the UN could give them. What is the point of international law when the World watches it flouted?
Jane Attard, Walton Surrey

Fergal Keane managed a brilliant summary of the slow march towards atrocity. But why call only upon the West to respond? Shouldn't the Muslim countries of the Middle East express their horror at what a fellow Muslim country is doing? Their relationships with Sudan predate our own colonial horrors - is there an element of racism in their silence now?

And shouldn't the UN loudly condemn those who, like China, block aid instead of being so mealy-mouthed since gentlemanly diplomacy clearly achieves nothing.
Brenda Houghton, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK


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