In this world exclusive report, Native Voice Films interviews the first high ranking Sudanese Commander ever to whisteblow on the Sudanese regime in Khartoum and its policies in Darfur. After 8 months of secret negotiation, Native Voice shot the interview with Arbab Mohammed Idries, a former high ranking Sudanese intelligence officer and Janjaweed recruiter – who is now a fugitive hiding in East Africa.
Commander Idries claims he lead and recruited up to 4000 Janjaweed men from 2003 until 2005. From 2005 until 2007 he was the head of intelligence and logistics in Nyala, South Darfur. Commander Idries states that his own men used rape widely and that his men believed it was expected of them as an order from Khartoum. Commander Idries gives details of the millions of dollars of payment he personally controlled from the Sudanese government to the leaders of Arab Darfuri tribes and how the Sudanese military policy from 2003 was of a racist nature – to target and murder black Africans. The commander provides proof of his identity.
His shocking testimony directly implicates the government in Khartoum for the crimes against humanity being committed across Darfur.
Native Voice was nominated for the Nick Clarke Award for best UK Broadcast interview 2008 for this interview.
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Produced by the Native Voice Films Team.