Sudan: March 16, 2004


Reacting to what the UN has described as a total breakdown of law and order is reported in western Sudan's Darfur region, Chadian patrols have successfully crossed the border and rescued cattle stolen by Sudanese militias known as Janjawid. The Chadian and Sudanese Presidents had signed an agreement allowing Chadian soldiers to cross into Sudanese territory to chase away "rebels", but this was being used to deal with the Janjawid.

For the last six weeks, hundreds of horse and camel-mounted Janjawid (sponsored and armed by Khartoum, but now out of control) have been raiding almost daily into Chadian territory, stealing livestock from refugees who have fled from Darfur. However, the distinction between the army, Popular Defense Forces (PDF) paramilitaries and Janjawid militias blurs when these different groups wear the same style army uniforms. All three groups have been accused of committing atrocities against civilians.

Trying to secure their side of the border, the Sudanese government deployed two 'tanks' and 120 soldiers (with helicopter support) in Bayda, Western Darfur. An additional 100 'government personnel', along 160 military and PDF troops, were stationed in the Northern Darfur State capital Al-Fashir.

The United Nations refugee agency has also relocated over 10,000 Sudanese refugees further into Chad from the border, before the expected arrival of the rainy season in late May. World Food Program (WFP) hand-outs being given to the border region's 700,000 displaced have also been looted, so the WFP wisely decided to make more frequent distributions of smaller amounts of food as a means of protecting displaced people from attacks. - Adam Geibel


Article Archive

Sudan: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close