What’s happening in Darfur?

The situation in Darfur, Sudan, is compicated and not helped by the relative isolation of the area, so it is no surprise that there is a degree of misunderstanding over the situation in Darfur. After a century which has seen the global community repeatedly wringing its hands and saying “never again” after genocide in Nazi-controlled Europe, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Rwanda (there are others); the Darfur crisis is more than another human disaster,¬†wrought by one group of humans against another; it is also a test of the international community and it’s will to prevent mass murder. It is particularly a test of the fledgling African Union to see if it has the ability to manage the affairs of its own continent without excessive outside influence. It is thought that over 200,000 people have been killed there during the current conflict.

Background information about the Darfur Region can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur

Information about the conflict can be found here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/africa/2004/sudan/default.stm

and here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_Conflict

The Save Darfur pressure group is an alliance of charities operating to solve the problems of Darfur. There website can be viewed here:

http://www.savedarfur.org/content?splash=yes

Amnesty International has an “Eyes on Darfur” campaign which aims to show the world what is really happening in the region:

http://www.eyesondarfur.org/

You can get a better idea of what life is like in Darfur by visiting the “Darfur is dying” website:

http://www.darfurisdying.com/

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it is increasingly difficult to get food aid to the needy in Darfur:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7299207.stm

It is now thought that as many as 300,000 people may have died in the fighting in Darfur:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7361979.stm

There are ongoing problems caused by the recent long and bloody civil war in the srawling mass that makes up Sudan:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7582000/7582603.stm