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Sudan's Vow to Disarm Militias Questioned

After more than 16 months of terror, a promise by the Sudanese president to disarm the mostly Arab Janjaweed militias does not reassure the more than 1 million black Africans chased from their homes in attacks that human rights groups say amount to ethnic cleansing. Some aid workers question whether the government is able to fulfill its pledge. “He will never get rid of the Janjaweed,” said Mohammed Ahmat Mohammed, one of the more than 200,000 Sudanese sheltering in neighboring Chad. “He just wants us to go back so he can kill us all.” Mohammed watched helplessly as the armed horsemen who overran his village late last year stole his cattle, set fire to his home and shot his 28-year-old son dead. He, his two wives and 15 surviving children fled over the border with only the clothes on their backs. They have huddled for the past nine months under the thorn trees, which offer little protection against the beating sun, swirling sand storms and sudden downpours of one of the world’s most inhospitable regions. Full Story

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