Conflicts in Sudan: Genocide in Darfur

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The Republic of Sudan, or Sudan as it more commonly known, is currently in a state of crisis. Darfur, in western Sudan, is in the middle of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now. They are on the brink of genocide, the deliberate killing of a very large number of people from a particular ethnic group or background. Like Most civil wars the incidents have been occurring for over twenty years. The armed conflict began to get serious in February of 2003. It was then that the Sudanese government in cohorts with the Janjaweed militia engaged in civil strife with two rebel groups. The first of the rebel groups involved being the Liberation Movement Army/Movement (SLM/A), the second the Justice Equality Movement (JEW). The …show more content…

Hilal, when asked, said that he had no fear of being prosecuted and saw no possibility of jail time due to his participation in the attacks on the Sudanese civilians. After the attacks the majority of the citizens have fled to Chad. Chad borders Sudan to the West. Here they are being placed in camps where they are entirely dependent upon international human assistance. There are not enough camps for everyone unfortunately, and only about 1.8 million of the 2 million have been placed securely into the camps. Even within the camps there is a limited supply of reserves for the fleeing citizens. The Sudanese government and the Janjaweed groups have been hindering the humanitarian agencies form reaching this some 2 million people. The upset that is being caused by the militias and the government has caused many of the humanitarian agencies to evacuate from various locations. The African Union has thus far done what it is able to do with the resources it has. In April of 2004 the African Union tried to settle the dispute with a ceasefire agreement and sent in a monitoring team in May of 2004. The civilians were still under extensive attack and the African Union force (AMIS) needed assistance in controlling the situation. The requested funding from United States as well as other parties. The U.S. distributed $450 Million to Sudan. Though the financial aid helped, Sudan still had insufficient numbers, and equipment to


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