After the attack on the Chinese-run facility on the Defra oilfield, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said that this was a message to China. This message to China would be to stop helping the government of Sudan in the war in Darfur. It has already known that China is a major investor if not the one major investor in the energy industry in Africa.
During the Democratic debates in New Hampshire several months ago, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson had made it known that China has financial strength in the region of Darfur. So far, the country has been criticized some for keeping close ties with Sudan’s government. The situation of the genocide in Darfur has continued to rise on an international level.
The Chinese company has a deadline of one week to live as it is the demand of JEM. This isn’t the first time that oil workers in Africa have been kidnapped. Seven oil workers from China were captured in Ethiopia in the month of April. But they were released afterwards.
They were seized during a rebel attack on a Chinese oil installation. Seventy-four people were killed: Nine Chinese and sixty-five Ethiopians.