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Civilians Bear Brunt of the Continuing Violence in Darfur

The sounds of terror arrived with agonizing certainty – the whisper of camel hoofs on desert sand, the clap of gunfire, the crackle of a thatched roof set aflame. Aisha Abdullah gathered her five children on Thursday, buried her most valuable possessions – some metal bowls, a cooking pot, a few tin cups – and ran as fast as she could. “They have destroyed everything,” she said as she returned Friday to her village, Kadanaro, in southern Darfur, to survey the destruction. Her family’s compound had been reduced to tidy circles of smoldering gray and black ash by marauding Arab militiamen, she said. Even as Sudan celebrates the recent end of the 20-year conflict between the country’s Muslim north and the mostly Christian south, promising peace throughout this troubled country, the ethnic violence that has devastated villages in the western region of Darfur continues unchecked while the world’s eyes are elsewhere. Full Story

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