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From BBC: Darfur death toll 'reaches 70,000'
About 70,000 displaced people are thought to have died in Sudan's Darfur region since March, mainly from disease and malnutrition, a UN official says.
David Nabarro, head of the World Health Organisation's health crisis group, said up to 10,000 people were still dying in refugee camps each month.
He said the mortality rate would not fall unless more urgent aid was sent.
The African Union has announced it will begin deploying armed peacekeeping troops to Darfur this weekend.
*More than 1m displaced
*Up to 70,000 killed
*More at risk from disease, starvation and lack of aid
*Arab militias accused of ethnic cleansing
*Sudan blames rebels for starting conflict
On Friday, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said 4,500 troops from the AU were expected to be deployed in Darfur by the end of November.
Mr Obasanjo - who is currently serving as chairman of the AU - said in a statement that the AU force would be made up of five battalions.
He said one battalion from Rwanda would be deployed in Darfur by Sunday, while a Nigerian battalion will be on the ground by 30 October.
Mr Obasanjo said he expected three other countries to provide the remaining three battalions.
It was not immediately clear which other African nations would supply the troops.
The Australian: Darfur toll 'at least 300,000'
MORE than 300,000 people have died as a result of the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, British MPs say in a report.
The figure is more than four times greater than an official UN estimate.
The committee's report faults the UN health body for making a "gross underestimate" of the toll of the two-year conflict, began when a rebellion in the vast western Sudanese region was put down by government-sponsored militias which led a scorched-earth campaign against local civilians.
as posted by WyrdeOne
The reason the UN is toothless and impotent? Would you care to hazard a guess?
Maybe the fact that people like you continually berate and abuse, instead of support the organization helps contribute to their inefficacy?
Originally posted by Nygdan
Jesus christ when the Hell is the US going to do something about this!
Originally posted by truthseeka
If we were really spreading freedom, why the FOCK don't we invade the Sudan and liberate them? Sure, there's no oil, but let's free the people...
WFP delivered food to 1.6 million people in the western Sudan region of Darfur in February, a 34 percent increase over the number reached in January and the highest monthly total fed since the start of WFP’s Emergency Operation in April 2004.
A total of 28,668 metric tons of WFP food reached 1,611,407 people driven from their homes and local residents compared with 1,206,099 people in January. Dispatches by WFP of food to the three Darfur states rose by 22 percent in February over January.