Monday, May 01, 2006

The three and a half million people living in Darfur region, geographically isolated and neglected by central government in Khartoum, have been adversely affected by conflict since the early 1980s. The relatively peaceful equilibrium between its ethnic groups has been destroyed by environmental degradation - the spread of the desert and the effects of the Sahel drought - coupled with the divide-and-rule tactics of central government and the influx of modern weaponry. Members of the elites of the major ethnic groups are engaged in a struggle for political status, and failing to tackle the underlying problems of equitable allocation of water and land. Meanwhile outside access to the region is now so tightly controlled that detailed information about the current plight of the indigenous people is increasingly difficult to obtain.

Thanks to my daughter for making this with her new Adobe Photoshop

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