Issue Date: August 27, 2004
Conditions in Darfur continue to deteriorate
LONDON -- Christian aid agencies report that conditions for the more than 1 million displaced persons in Darfur, western Sudan, and refugees in eastern Chad are deteriorating. A joint Caritas Internationalis and Action by Churches Together team working in the region reported that the onset of the rainy season has made access to remote areas increasingly difficult, and as the season continues over the next few weeks, the situation can only get worse.
A new report from Human Rights Watch, Empty Promises: Continuing Abuses in Darfur, Sudan, says armed militias have continued to commit atrocities against civilians in Darfur, Sudans troubled western region.
Instead of disarming the Janjawid militias, Khartoum has begun incorporating them into police and other security forces that could be used to secure proposed safe areas for displaced civilians, the report said.
The United Nations, which has described the current situation in Darfur as the worst humanitarian crisis, says more than 1.2 million people have been displaced in Darfur. More than 180,000 others have fled to neighboring Chad.
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National Catholic Reporter, August 27, 2004
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