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Year in Review in Darfur, pre-National Student Conference

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A review and round-up of the most significant events to happen in Darfur and Sudan from January, 2008 until the present, November, 2008, as a refresher to everyone ready to start off a new era of activism with the newest Natoinal Student Conference in Washington DC and a new President and his Administration:


January 2008:

  • The year starts off with grim prospects for UNAMID, which currently only has 9,000 uniformed personnel, only 7,000 of which are soldiers
  • USAID staff member killed
  • JEM has been on the move, trying to gain territory in South and West Darfur which has led to an increase in heavy fighting between Sudanese army and the rebels
  • Sudan appoints Musa Hilal, a notorious Janjaweed leader , as his special advisor.


February, 2008

  • Chadian rebels fighting to overthrow President Idriss Deby battled their way into the capital N’Djamena, Chad accused Sudan’s government of being behind the rebel offensive, which Sudan denied, and the countries broke off diplomatic ties.
  • Sudan finally agreed to the operating rules behind the UNAMID peacekeeping force
  • Intense fighting between JEM and Sudanese Army continued, with rebels claiming to have shot down a Sudanese army helicopter
  • Food distribution has increasingly been threatened by banditry and armed attacks.
  • Attacks on Darfuris villages continued, especially in West Darfur, leaving 20 dead in one incident.


March, 2008


April, 2008 


May, 2008




June, 2008


July, 2007

·        On the largest attack on Peacekeepers in Darfur in the history of the conflict, a convoy of UNAMID soldiers on patrol were ambushed by unidentified and heavily armed militia men mounted on truck and horseback. 7 died and dozens wounded. Although the rebels and the government traded accusations, UN officials have hinted at suspecting the Janjaweed.

·        The International Criminal Court’s chief Prosecutor, Louis Moreno-Ocampo, will seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for genocide and crimes against humanity. This has sparked an intense debate around the world about the question of peace versus justice: the GoS has warned of "disastrous" consequences for innocent civilians and humanitarian if the indictment goes through, leading to more violence, retaliation against peacekeepers, disrupting the peace process. However, this is a long-awaited victory for justice in Darfur, and has been welcomed by many, including Darfur rebels.


August, 2008

·        2 Darfur rebel groups accuse the Sudanese army of mounting new attacks in North Darfur

·        The Sudanese Army sent 100 trucks to Kalma camp, the largest camp for displaced Darfuris, killing 27 unarmed Darfuris and leaving scores wounded. The day after, Sudanese Armed Forces continued to surround Kalma camp and the highest most recently reported death toll is at 45.

·        There was more violence in South Darfur, where more than 50 Arab tribes people were killed in clashes over water and land. Efforts are underway to reconcile the two tribes.

·        The new UN top mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassole, deploys today from London, where he met with the rebel group SLM-Unity.



·        On Saturday, the Government of Sudan (GoS) attacked two rebel strongholds in Northern Darfur. The attack involved heavy fighting between the two sides, with many military dead and several civilian dead being reported. The GoS denies this, and the rebels claim that the GoS was trying to capture a lot of territory before peace talks start again, and it is after the oil in North Darfur.

·        : The Government of Sudan has launched a huge offensive into rebel territory in North , Central , and Southern Darfur, and stands accused of bombing rebel bases and civilians. The government has allegedly been bombing every day for a week, and even bombed the SLM-MM, the one rebel group that signed a peace deal with them. Thousands of vulnerable civilians are feared to have been displaced by the recent fighting.  The renewed fighting has severely restricted humanitarian access to displaced Darfuris, as many NGOs become victim to the insecurity.






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