Crisis in Darfur

September 2008 • Volume 2, Issue 9
Is there any hope for peace?
By Karen Foerstel

Introduction

Remains of 25 villagers were found recently in a mass grave in Darfur.  An estimated 200,000-400,000 civilians and soldiers have been killed in the region since 2003 in what many have called genocide.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Remains of 25 villagers were found recently in a mass grave in Darfur. An estimated 200,000-400,000 civilians and soldiers have been killed in the region since 2003 in what many have called genocide. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

More than two years after government and rebel fighters signed a peace agreement in Sudan, violence is still rampant in Darfur. At least 2.4 million people have been displaced and up to 400,000 have died since 2003. And observers say the situation is getting worse. Rebel groups have splintered into more than a dozen warring factions, bandits are attacking relief workers, and drought threatens to make next year among the deadliest in Darfur's history. Despite pressure from religious and human-rights groups, the international community seems unable — or unwilling — to find a lasting solution. A year after the U.N. authorized the world's largest peacekeeping force in Darfur, only 37 percent of the authorized personnel have been deployed, and no military helicopters have been provided. The International Criminal Court is considering genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, but some fear an indictment would trigger more violence than justice. Some say China, Sudan's largest trading partner and arms supplier, should pressure Sudan to end the violence.

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