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Abstract

Roughly ten years after the Rwandan genocide and despite years of soul-searching, the response of the international community to the events in the Darfur region of Western Sudan starting in 2003 point, at best, to history repeating itself. Since then, the world has watched with both shock and apathy as Sudan’s Arab-dominated government ethnically cleanses the vast Darfur region by giving military support to mainly Arab militias (the Janjaweed) who kill, maim, rape and rob black Africans. The situation and implication of the goings on in Darfur have been aptly summed as follows: The Darfur crisis combines the worst of everything: armed conflict, extreme violence, sexual assault, great tides of desperate refugees … Evidence from numerous sources – governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental – suggests a tragedy that, in nature and scale, follows the example of the Holocaust.

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