CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
KATIE HOPKINS, DANIELLE BURNS, CARISSA WILLIAMS, AND BRUNO STANKOVIC
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WHILE RESEARCHING I FOUND:
Darfur is situated in the west of Sudan. This was conflict between farming communities such as the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa, and nomadic groups, which led to many deaths and the destruction of homes. In February 2003 a newly armed opposition group, the Sudan Liberation Army took up arms against the government, because of what they perceived as a lack of protection for their people and the marginalization and underdevelopment of the region. Shortly afterwards another armed group, the Justice and Equality Movement emerged. Responding to the groups, the government of Sudan allowed free rein to Arab militias known as janjaweed, who began attacking villages, killing, raping and abducting people, destroying homes and other property. Sometimes government troops also attacked villages alongside the janjaweed. Government aircraft have been bombing villages, sometimes just before janjaweed attacks.Hundreds of thousands of people have been forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of actions by the janjaweed, government forces and rebel groups. The need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, a ceasefire agreement was signed in April 2004. A May 2004 agreement between the government and rebels established international monitoring of the ceasefire. Today, millions of displaced civilians living in refugee camps. Itâ€™s now up to the world to protect the civilians of Darfur.