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AP: Sudan Torn Between War and Peace

Sudan’s 21-year civil war has long been seen as a fight between its Muslim north and its animist and Christian south. But the fighting that is wreaking havoc in the Iraq-sized Darfur region of western Sudan shows how much more fractured the country is. Bombed out of his village, Muburak Sheik is one of more than 600,000 people made homeless in fighting that has cast a shadow over the U.S.-backed effort to pacify Africa’s biggest country. A victim of a new war that has broken out just as the old one is grinding to a halt, the 23-year-old finally made it to neighboring Chad after his left foot was mangled by shrapnel. As in the old conflict, the new one stems from a revolt by insurgents against poverty and neglect by the central government in faraway Khartoum, and a sense that as the peace bandwagon moves forward, they have to move fast to win a greater share of wealth and power for Darfur. Full Story

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