American Lives, Sudanese Lives: What’s the Calculus in Congress?” | Eric Reeves

… the bill provides explicitly that no money be provided under the terms set out by the DOJ (i.e., to those actually “harmed” by BNPP’s criminal financial activity); all money will go to Americans and their families harmed during past or future terrorist attacks. The bill even goes so far as to stipulate that lawyers will get no more than 25 percent of fees for litigation on behalf of their clients. That provision will allow big-time litigators to collect $950 million from the BNPP settlement, while the bill explicitly prevents even one penny of compensation for the actual victims …

Source: American Lives, Sudanese Lives: What’s the Calculus in Congress?” | Eric Reeves

Omnibus Bill Creates One Billion Dollar Fund for Victims of Terrorism (and allows up to $250 million to go to their attorneys) – Lawfare

… the legislation states that the $3.8 billion civil penalty collected by the Department of Justice in July from BNP Paribas for violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Sudan, and Cuba may be used only for the Terrorism Victims Fund and 9-11 victim compensation programs reauthorized by Congress in the Omnibus; the legislation specifically states that the BNP Paribas monies may not be used for a compensation program that the Department of Justice announced it was considering in May (that had apparently met with disfavor by the drafters of this legislation).  Although not mentioned in the press articles, the legislation also allows attorneys for the victims to receive up to 25 percent of the payments from the Fund (which would total more than $250 million for the attorneys), a surprising earmark from a Republican-controlled Congress. …

Source: Omnibus Bill Creates One Billion Dollar Fund for Victims of Terrorism (and allows up to $250 million to go to their attorneys) – Lawfare

Darfur IDPs complain from severe cold, diseases – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Internally displaced residents of Ottash camp on the outskirts of Nyala have complained from severe cold that caused a rise in stomach disorders.

They said there is an acute shortage of blankets and plastic sheets to protect them from the cold.

IDPs leader in the camp, Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed, told Sudan Tribune they had noted an increase in Intestinal flu among the camp residents, in particular among children and elders.

“Ever since the beginning of this wave of severe cold, we have been suffering from an acute shortages in blankets and plastic sheets to protect us from this stiff cold,’’ he said.

“Children, who constitute 60% of the 123000 camp’s population, are the most affected by the disease,’’ he complained.

Ahmed urged both national and international humanitarian groups to haste with winter requirements to the IDPs.

“The situation might become catastrophic if the state government and aid groups do not provide the IDPs with blankets and plastic sheets to protect them from cold,’’ he said. …

Source: Darfur IDPs complain from severe cold, diseases – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Criminal Financial Support for the Khartoum Regime: A Last Chance for U.S. Justice for the People of Sudan | Eric Reeves

Gayle Smith, who has long worked as a senior Africa specialist in the Obama administration’s National Security Council, was recently confirmed by the Senate to be the new head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (the agency had long been without a permanent Administrator). Smith has long worked on Sudan and knows both Sudan and South Sudan extremely well. She is also well aware of what is occurring in Darfur … the catastrophe in Darfur–twelve years later–has recently seen genocidal destruction again rise to fever pitch. The Khartoum regime “continues to act with impunity against its own people.” Despite this, USAID Administrator Smith has a chance to help the people of Darfur and Sudan in a different way: responding to the urgent humanitarian crises facing millions of Sudanese, and seeing justice done in distributing massive restitution funds from the U.S. criminal conviction of French banking giant BNP Paribas.

Source: Criminal Financial Support for the Khartoum Regime: A Last Chance for U.S. Justice for the People of Sudan | Eric Reeves

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail’s Appeal to Congress – Juicy Ecumenism

In the video in this blog post, the Rt. Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail, Bishop of Kadugli and Nuba Mountains, Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (ECSSS) urges the four co-chairs of the House Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan to sponsor a letter from members of Congress to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Bishop Andudu’s video is the second of four video messages to the co-chairs of the Caucus: U.S. Representatives Michael Capuano (D-MA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Michael McCaul (R-TX). The videos are a plea that the caucus would urge the Department of Justice to ensure that the people of Sudan and South Sudan who have been brutalized and persecuted by the Government of Sudan would receive appropriate compensation for what they have suffered. This compensation would come from the settlement funds provided by a financial institution, BNP Paribas, that processed billions of dollars of transactions for the Government of Sudan through United States financial institutions in violation of sanctions. …

Source: Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail’s Appeal to Congress – Juicy Ecumenism

Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

A Unicef Sudan worker measures the upper-arm circumference of a child: a measurement in the red zone means that the child is acutely malnourished (Unicef Sudan)

The UN Children’s Fund stressed the high mortality rate among children in Sudan, in particular children under a year, because of malnutrition and childhood diseases. Unicef plans to open a centre in eastern Sudan, stating that malnutrition there is worse than in the Darfur region. …

He said that the “extensive spread of measles” is a result of the low immunisation coverage, and the increase of malnutrition, weight loss, and stunting diseases. … He added that the budget allotted for Sudan amounts to $130 million, saying it only covers 60 percent of the organisation’s actual needs, and urged partners to continue their support for Unicef programs in Sudan. …

Source: Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

The Bishops’ Message to Congressional Caucus on Sudan/South Sudan – Juicy Ecumenism

… On October 21 the members of Congress received a response from Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik. His letter was –for the most part — a reiteration of information already known. So now we are once again appealing to the co-chairs of the Sudan Caucus to write to Lynch, pressing for more clarification on how the Department of Justice intends to distribute funds. This will give an opportunity to the other three co-chairs who did not sign the first letter to do something great for the people of Sudan and South Sudan who were harmed by BNPP.

Please listen now to the plea from the Rt. Reverend Moses Deng Bol, Bishop of Wau:

Source: The Bishops’ Message to Congressional Caucus on Sudan/South Sudan – Juicy Ecumenism

BNP Paribas: What compensation for harm suffered? – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

… In response, the US Department of Justice announced that it will explore ‘ways to use the forfeited funds to compensate individuals who may have been harmed by the sanctioned regimes’, including Sudan.

After collecting information online as a first step, it is unclear what is going to happen next. Into this void stepped Eric Cohen and Eric Reeves, putting forward a Sudan Community Compensation Program Proposal to the US Department of Justice in early September and initiating a campaign that has gained considerable momentum (https://sudancommunitycompensation.org/). This is an important move. It highlights the urgency of the question of how the estimated 2.8-3.48 billion US dollars available for Sudan should be spent. The proposal carries some weight as it has secured the support of several Sudanese groups and individuals. Essentially, it calls for a primary use of the funds to provide emergency humanitarian aid for Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons. It also sets out a community-based reparation programme focusing on reconstruction and redevelopment following the end of conflict and a change in government. …

Source: BNP Paribas: What compensation for harm suffered? – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan