Darfur Essay

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Marie BApril 4, 2008DarfurViolence in the Darfur region of Sudan has left more than 400,000 people dead in the last three years and pushed more than 2.5 million people out of their homes, as well as making at least a million more dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. The violence started with conflicts between rebel groups and governments private army, the Janjaweed, who attacked the black African villages of Darfur in retaliation for rebel attacks. As the conflicts go on, Catholic continues to work in the region, providing the bare necessities of life to people who have lost the resources to provide for themselves.In Darfur it's a very violent situation right now. There are lots of soldiers, there are lots of bandits, there's fighting in Chad. It's just a very volatile situation in Darfur in general and especially in west Darfur where we're working. There have been several soldiers attacks in recent weeks. There have been lots of rebel and soldiers clashes. Things have calmed down in El Geneina, the main town of west Darfur where we worked, but it's a very changeable situation.The vast majority are displaced from their homes. People are making it a point to support people who are vulnerable but are in what we call host communities. People are displaced and they move into an area, and the simple fact that they are there means tensions are raised. They're looking for firewood, because they need to cook their food. So there is a tension over resources. We need to make sure we are conscious of those tensions and that part of the mechanism for making sure those tensions doesn’t get out of control. Making sure we are taking care of the needs of some of the vulnerable people in the host community. That's a bit of a mouthful, but you get the idea. There are many other vulnerable people besides those who are displaced. It...

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