Thursday, August 10, 2006

Darfur Still In Flames

While the world watches Iraq and Lebanon, and Americans fret of the potentials of Iran and North Korea, Darfur is still the world single largest killing feilds currently.

U.N.: Darfur is becoming 'catastrophic'
By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER, Associated Press Writer
Thu Aug 10, 9:12 AM ET

GENEVA - The United Nations' top humanitarian official warned Thursday that the situation in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region was becoming dramatically more dangerous, as rapes and attacks by militias and rebel factions continue despite a 3-month-old peace deal.

The U.N. said a day earlier that the May 5 peace deal, signed between Sudan's government and Darfur's main rebel group, was "doomed to failure" unless the government provided more support.

"It's going from real bad to catastrophic in Darfur," Jan Egeland told reporters at the U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva.

Fighting has actually increased since the peace deal, "and it has been particularly terrible among (rebel) factions fighting each other," Egeland said. "That's led to tens of thousands of people being displaced, and sexual abuse and many other types of violations."

More than 200,000 have been killed in the region since 2003, when ethnic African tribes revolted against the Arab-led Khartoum government.

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