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Darfur: UN says 40,000 displaced in last 2 months

October 18, 2008

Some 40,000 civilians have been displaced in Darfur in the last two months by fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebels in the northern and central parts of the wartorn region, said the U.N. on Saturday.

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, right, opens a three-day meeting ...
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, right, opens a three-day meeting to discuss the situation in Darfur, at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum, Sudan Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. The meeting is being attended by regional supporters of President Omar al-Bashir, including the African Union, the Arab League, Egypt, Libya and Qatar, but Darfur rebel groups critical to any peace talks are absent.(AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

The estimate is based on witness accounts, a brief assessment mission and reports by the Sudanese government and aid agencies working in the area, said Gregory Alex, the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in North Darfur.

“No emergency assistance has gotten to these people,” said Alex. “For the last five or six weeks, they have been living off assistance they are getting from other people … or what they can scrounge for.”

Most of the newly displaced are living in the desert rather than in refugee camps, said Alex. Many of them had been displaced by fighting before but had returned ahead of the recent attacks, he added.

More than 2.5 million people have been displaced in Darfur and up to 300,000 killed since ethnic African groups rebelled against the Arab-dominated national government early in 2003.

A recent round of fighting began in August when government troops attacked rebel-held areas along the border with Libya in northern Darfur — sometimes accompanied by aircraft and Arab militias.

In September, the fighting moved south toward more populated areas. But the U.N. and aid workers said they have had little access to the areas because of the continued tension.

Some villages in the Jebel Marrah area in central Darfur were totally emptied by the September fighting, said an international aid worker, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of government harassment.

The locals in the area were warned ahead of the fighting and about 10,000 of them fled before it broke out, said the aid worker….

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China supplies most small arms to Sudan, Darfur

March 13, 2008
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — China’s sales of small arms to Sudan increased as the violence escalated in Darfur, Human Rights First charged Thursday in a report pressing China to halt arms sales as Beijing prepares to hold its first Olympics this year.

The report says China stepped up its arms supply to Sudan as others cut back to comply with a U.N. arms embargo, making China by far the biggest supplier of small arms to Khartoum — providing 90% of all Khartoum’s acquisitions between 2004 and 2006, totaling $55 million. Small arms such as assault rifles are the most common weapon used in Darfur.

The report says that, as the arms supply increased, so did Sudan’s sales of oil vital to China’s burgeoning economy, a commodity the report says explains China’s interest in supporting the government of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir.

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Hollywood stars, including George Clooney, seen here in January ... 
Hollywood stars, including George Clooney, have donated half a million dollars to the World Food Programme in Darfur, following warnings that cash shortages could ground its humanitarian flights, the UN agency said Thursday.(AFP/Tim Clary)

Group claims responsibility for killing U.S. diplomat in Sudan

January 4, 2008

(CNN) — A group calling itself the Partisans of Monotheism in Sudan claimed responsibility Friday for the shooting death of an American diplomat and his driver early New Year’s Day.

The soldiers of monotheism carried out their operation in killing the U.S. diplomat John Micahel Granville and his Sudanese driver, who sold his faith for nothing in this earthly life, … in Riyadh neighborhood east of Khartoum,” the group said in a statement posted in Arabic and English on several Islamist Web sites. The group misspelled Granville’s middle name, which is Michael.

John Granville, seen in an undated family photo, was shot to death in Sudan Tuesday.

The Web sites reported the group, also called Ansar Al-Tawhid, is new.

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the statement or the legitimacy of the group.

The State Department was unaware of the claim….

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Salute to U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan

Salute to U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan

January 2, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 2, 2008

On New Year’s morning, 2008, a U.S. diplomat serving all his fellow American citizens died in the line of duty in Sudan.

John Granville, 33, an official for the U.S. Agency for International Development, paid the ultimate sacrifice when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum. Mr. Granville’s driver, Abdel-Rahman Abbas, was also killed in the attack.
This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)

This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)

By all accounts, John Granville was a hero that knew and understood both the danger and the importance of his mission. He worked to implement the 2005 peace agreement between Sudan’s north and south that ended more than two decades of civil war. That horrible war’s legacy can still be seen at Darfur, where thousands of refugees have been subjugated, starved, abused, and many international groups say have been the targets of a genocide campaign.

“John’s life was a celebration of love, hope and peace,” a family statement said. “He will be missed by many people throughout the world whose lives were touched and made better because of his care.”

At Peace and Freedom we mourn, pray for and salute John Granville.

Police In Sudan Seek Killers of American Diplomat

By Mohamed Osman
The Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese authorities on Wednesday questioned witnesses in the slaying of an American diplomat who was shot by gunmen in a drive-by attack in the capital. Sudanese officials insisted the shooting was not a terrorist attack but the U.S. Embassy said it was too soon to determine the motive.Read the rest:
Diplomat Killed in Sudan

US diplomat killed in Sudan shooting

January 1, 2008
By MOHAMED OSMAN, Associated Press Writer
Filed January 1, 2008
1545 GMT

KHARTOUM, Sudan – An American diplomat and his driver were shot to death Tuesday in the Sudanese capital, the U.S. Embassy said, a day after a joint African UnionUnited Nations force took over peacekeeping in Sudan’s Darfur region.

It was not immediately known if the attack had a political motive or was a random crime. Though Darfur, far to the west, is engulfed in violence, the Sudanese capital and its surroundings rarely see political violence or attacks by Islamic militants.

Walter Braunohler, the spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum who confirmed the death of the American, said it was “too early to tell” if the attack was al-Qaida or terror related.

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