As U.S. and French troops move to restore security in Haiti, aid groups are clamoring for some form of intervention in western Sudan, where a year of fighting between government forces and government-backed militias and two rebels groups threatens a humanitarian catastrophe. Despite denials by the government of Sudan that fighting continues in Darfur province, UN and aid officials along the border between Chad and Sudan say that tens of thousands of refugees remain on the move, fleeing raids and attacks by Arab militias, called “Janjawid,” or men on horseback, who apparently are backed by Khartoum. “The violence is not over; it’s continuing,” Ruud Lubbers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said during a Tuesday visit to a refugee camp in Chad. “This is not peace; this is atrocities,” he added, noting that ongoing peace negotiations between Khartoum and southern rebels should be expanded to include Darfur. Full Story
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