Nov 27 2006 Sapa-AFP report (via M&G) UN: Nearly two million displaced in Darfur
More people have fled their homes in Sudan's Darfur region than at any time since the conflict started nearly four years ago, said the United Nations on Monday in a report on the worsening humanitarian crisis.
"The number of IDPs [internally displaced people] has reached nearly two million, the highest level since the conflict started in 2003 and an increase of [about] 125 000 since the July 1 report," said a summary of the report.
The report reviews the humanitarian situation in Sudan's western region of Darfur covering the months of July, August and September.
"Another two million Darfurians directly affected by the ongoing crisis are in need of humanitarian aid, again the highest number ... since the beginning of the current crisis," the report added.
The conflict started in February 2003 when ethnic minority rebels demanding a greater share of the country's resources took up arms, prompting a scorched-earth campaign by the government and its allied Janjaweed militia.
According to the UN, at least 200 000 people have died from the combined effect of civil fighting and famine since then. Some sources say the toll is much higher, with villages burnt and mass rape being blamed mainly on the militia.
The UN, which runs the largest humanitarian operation in Sudan, also said it was being increasingly obstructed in its relief efforts.
Darfur population figures are estimated at 6 million, 6.5 million, or 6-7 million
If true, where are the other 4m I wonder. And where are the bodies of 200,000 - 400,000 Darfurians buried, I still wonder ...