Sunday, July 23, 2006

Genocide in DarfurIt's getting worse

A peace pact agreed to in May by the Sudanese government and a main rebel group offered hope for ending the three-year-old genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

How quickly hope dies.

The pact is being buried under rising violence in the African nations of Sudan and Chad, where hundreds of thousands of Darfur refugees languish.

Since 2003, attacks by fighters known as the Janjaweed have killed an estimated 200,000 civilians and displaced three million within Sudan and in neighboring Chad. In the last year, rebels have begun fighting among themselves, and Sudan and Chad have skirmished with each other.

The situation is more than a mess. It's the 21st century's first genocide, spinning further out of control. Read the full editorial >>>

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