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What is Happening in Darfur?

In Darfur, western Sudan, a catastrophic crisis is occurring. Each day, civilians face prospects of mass killings, torture, rape, destruction of villages, theft and other human rights abuses at the hands of the Janjaweed militias - bands of Arab fighters backed by the Sudanese Government. Over 2 million people have been affected by this crisis.

Since the start of the conflict in Darfur in February 2003:
  • More than 200,000 people have died from conflict and disease;
  • 1.8 million civilians have been internally displaced by the conflict;
  • 200,000 Darfurians have sought refuge in neighboring Chad.

Read more about what is happening in Darfur here.

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Background on Sudan

For nearly 50 years, Sudan's central government in the North and rebels in the South fought a brutal civil war. In a struggle over political autonomy and economic power, 2 million lives were lost and 4 million people were displaced. On May 26, 2004, representatives from the North and South signed a power-sharing agreement.

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