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19 Nov 2009 description

By Claire Kirk

Darfur is in danger of becoming a forgotten emergency, according to Nyika Musiyazwiriyo, the outgoing Head of Programs for the joint ACT/Caritas Darfur Program.

"Darfur is slipping from our minds," explains Nyika. "Funding for humanitarian work in the region has decreased substantially since the conflict first came to international attention. And Darfur is no longer a staple segment of our daily news shows."

Yet, the problems remain.

"The needs of the people are just the same",.

27 Jul 2007 description

Sudan is one of the most vulnerable and disaster-prone countries in Africa. In addition to civil conflict, most notably at this time in Darfur, Sudan has been affected by both drought and floods in recent years. Heavy rains at the start of this year's rainy season for the region caused many rivers to overflow their banks.

Especially hard hit has been the city of Aroma in the Kassala state in the east, where the Gash River, fed by waters from the Ethiopian plateau, flooded.

17 May 2006 description

A peace agreement between the government of Sudan and the Sudan Liberation Movement, the largest of Darfur's three rebel groups, was signed on Friday, May 5, 2006. The agreement calls for the disbanding of government-backed "Janjaweed" militias. The Janjaweed is primarily responsible for the atrocities that prompted the United States to term the Darfur crisis as genocide. Two smaller rebel groups have so far refused the terms of the accord.

19 Apr 2005 description

Zalingei, West Darfur, April 18, 2005 - In spite of the many daily challenges, pupils attending Hassa Hissa School, in the biggest camp for internally displaced persons outside Zalingei in West Darfur, are eager to learn.

"I get up in the morning."

"I play football in the afternoon."

The teacher, tall and erect in his white jalabia, repeats out loud the sentences he has written on the chalkboard. His voice carries beyond the blue and green tent that functions as a classroom in Hassa Hissa camp.