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27 April 2007

Darfur: background to a genocide - preview
In the last three years an estimated 400,000 people have died in the remote and arid western region of Sudan called Darfur
  • In addition, three million people, or half the population, have been driven from their villages and are now in camps on either side of the Sudan-Chad border
  • The United Nations warns that if humanitarian agencies cannot improve access to the camps, disease and hunger could claim as many as 100,000 people a month

  • Why is this happening?

    The Black African tribes in Darfur have been deliberately targeted by Arab nomadic militias on horse and camel called the Janjaweed
  • The fundamentalist Islamic government of Sudan give the militias wages, arms and ammunition
  • In effect the regime in the capital, Khartoum, uses the Janjaweed as its proxies to ethnically cleanse the region of Darfur

  • Becky Tinsley

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