U.N. Says Sudan Death Toll Reaches 70,000 How Did Darfur Happen?
The Dead Walk
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
If halfhearted effort saves hundreds of thousands of lives in Darfur,
imagine what we could accomplish if we took serious action.
What are conditions like for people who have been
dislocated in the Darfur region?
JENNIFER LEANING: They are pretty grim. There are about 200,000 refugees who have come over in the last several months from the conflict in Darfur. They are scattered along a vast border that is very isolated and hard to reach.
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They come in the early morning, surround the villages, systematically go from one end of the village to the other, drive out the men and kill them if they resist, rape the women if they find them, burn down the houses, burn the grain stores, uproot the trees, poison the wells by dropping animals down them, and essentially create a scorched earth and killing field that is driving the people that are nearer the border with Chad into Chad. And if people are too far to flee to the border, too inferior Darfur, they go into towns and enclaves within Darfur where we're hearing about how dire the conditions are in terms of their desperate circumstance. home | news hour |search | forum | politics
|UNHCR is trying to move people from the border into camps where they can begin to give them access to food and water. They accomplished that for about 100,000 of them. There are probably 100,000 still out there.|
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