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Darfur Destroyed: Ethnic Cleansing by Government and Militia Forces in Western Sudan
Sudan: Now or Never in Darfur, Africa Report no. 80
Few readers do not already know that Sudan is once again the site of a large-scale ethnic cleansing, which may or may not constitute genocide but against which the international community is once again proving ineffective. In the western province of Darfur, the pro-government Janjaweed militias have, over the last two years, murdered as many as 30,000 people and sent more than a million people away from their homes. These two reports ably document the recent violence and provide less-known background to the current crisis. Both offer convincing evidence that the Sudanese army has been assisting the Janjaweed and that refugees in the government-run camps are in fact being intentionally starved in what has become a horrifying humanitarian crisis. Of the two, the International Crisis Group report better describes the underlying political dynamics and the links between this conflict and attempts in Khartoum to broker peace between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army after two decades of civil war in southern Sudan.