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Hell on earth

The humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan has left at least 200,000 people dead and an estimated two million displaced. The conflict has spread to neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic, with up to four and a half million people affected. A UN report has described the situation as 'hell on earth'.

The conflict began early in 2003 when two rebel movements, the SLA (Sudan Liberation Army) and the JEM (Justice and Equality Movement), began attacking government targets. In response to this the government mobilised an Arab militia - the Janjaweed - to fight the rebels. The militias have been accused of numerous human rights abuses, constituting genocide according to many international observers.
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