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Darfur remains in peril

June 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Darfur remains in peril
The Darfur region of Western Sudan has been involved in a deadly conflict since 2003.

In the last five years, about 400,000 civilians have been killed. About 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes and now live in camps for internally displaced persons in Sudan or in refugee camps in the neighboring country of Chad. More than 3 million men, women and children depend on international aid for survival.

The United Nations has established a peacekeeping force, but Sudan has been working hard to prevent its efforts.

Under international pressure, the Darfur Peace Agreement was settled between the government of Sudan and a faction of Darfur rebels in May 2006. However, deadlines have been ignored, and the violence has escalated, with fighting among rebel groups and factions greatly increasing and further complicating the conflict. The violence has made it dangerous, and often impossible, for most of those who have been displaced to return home.

Humanitarian aid agencies face growing obstacles to bringing widespread relief.

Information provided by Save Darfur Coalition

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