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A rebellion started in 2003 against the Arab-dominated Sudanese government, with two local rebel groups - the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA) - accusing the government of oppressing non-Arabs in favor of Arabs. The government was also accused of neglecting the Darfur region of Sudan. In response, the government mounted a campaign of aerial bombardment supporting ground attacks by an Arab militia, the Janjaweed. The government-supported Janjaweed were accused of committing major human rights violations, including mass killing, looting, and systematic rape of the non-Arab population of Darfur.
UN officials estimate over 400,000 people have lost their lives and some 2 million more have been driven from their homes in three years of fighting between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel forces.
The head of the UN investigating team, the Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, described the international response to the crisis as "pathetic".
Originally posted by branty
you kill 1 its a story , you kill a million ,its a statistic. Darfur is a tragedy of epic proportions, But that doesnt mean Gaza is ok because the numbers are lower , Murder is Murder.
Originally posted by mmiichael
Israel did as much damage to Hamas as they could trying to minimize casualties to innocent people. Hamas did it's best to ensure innocents were killed, to provoke international outcries.
People get killed in wars. it's a sanctioned form of murder. That's why there is such a desire to avoid it.
Originally posted by FredT
dropping near schools or taking out hospitals is not war its ethnic clensing or genocide eh?
Originally posted by Terapin
I am a bit surprised that no one on this thread has mentioned how Israel has long been profiting from the tragedy in Darfur. They have been raking in millions on arms sales to the Darfur region, by selling them and conducting training in neighboring Chad, ever since the Reagan era. Instead of selling guns, which they buy with US funding that is supposed to go to Israeli needs, they should be working to bring about peace in the region. There is no profit in peace, thus every war monger with weapons is out to make a sale. China is also another major weapons dealer in Darfur.