Tomo Križnar

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Tomo Križnar (born 26 August 1954, in Jesenice, Slovenia) is a peace activist, notable for delivering video cameras in Southern Kordofan to the local ethnic Nuba civilians in order to help them collect the evidence of North Sudan military's war crimes against them.

He wrote several books. He was also a special envoy of then Slovenian president Janez Drnovšek for Darfur.

Peace missions[edit]

2006 Darfur mission[edit]

Destroyed villages as of August 2004 (Source: DigitalGlobe, Inc. and Department of State via USAID)

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In 2006, Križnar entered the Darfur region with the help of Darfur rebels during the War in Darfur. He entered without a valid visa via the neighbouring Chad. On 20 July 2006, he was arrested. On 14 August 2006, he was convicted of "publishing false news, espionage and entering Sudan without an entry visa" and the criminal court of Al-Fashir in Northern Darfur sentenced him for two years imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 dinars (2,400 USD). His photography equipment and films were confiscated.

The Slovene government urged Sudan to pardon Križnar. Then president of Slovenia, Janez Drnovšek, addressed a special letter to Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir and sent another special envoy to Sudan. On 2 September 2006, al-Bashir agreed to pardon and release Tomo Križnar. Križnar returned to Slovenia on 5 September; but he had to leave photography equipment and films – that contain documentations of mass graves according to him – in Sudan.

2011 Southern Kordofan mission[edit]

In 2011, Križnar delivered video cameras in Southern Kordofan to the local ethnic Nuba civilians in order to help them collect the evidence of North Sudan military's war crimes against them.[1][2][3]

In 2012, world premiere of the Eyes and Ears Of God – Video surveillance of Sudan film on YouTube. The documentary film shows the ethnic Nuba civilians defending themselves with the help of over 400 cameras distributed by himself and Klemen Mihelič, the founder of humanitarian organisation H.O.P.E., to volunteers across the war zones in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur, documenting the (North) Sudan military's war crimes against local populations.[4] On his website there are quotes from media news about the "refugees in Blue Nile (...) starve highly of no food, medicine and insecurity from the continual aerial bombardment" and "starving families hiding in caves to escape bombing by Sudanese warplanes".[5]

Documentary films[edit]

Books[edit]

Books are in Slovene language only.

  • 1999 Nuba, pure people
  • 1996 Mana, by Bicycle among Indians
  • 1994 Lonely paths
  • 1993 Shambala - to Tibet by Bicycle
  • 1990 On Search for Love or Around the World by Bicycle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dodging Bombers in Sudan, 22 February, 2012 report from New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof
  2. ^ Sudan's South Kordofan: 'Huge suffering from bombs', article on BBC website
  3. ^ Report from a Blue Nile Province by Križnar on January 29th, 2011
  4. ^ About the documentary on Tomo Križnar's website
  5. ^ Media quotes on Križnar website

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