Chad – Surviving Darfur

After decades of oppression and increasing violence at the hands of the Sudanese government, rebels in Darfur took up arms in 2003. The government and allied militias, known as Janjaweed, answered the rebellion with large-scale murder of civilians, mass rapes of women and girls, and destruction of villages.

Four years on, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in Darfur. This has resulted in one of the world’s largest current political and humanitarian crises.

In Eastern Chad, over 240,000 Sudanese now live in camps and since November 2006, an upsurge in cross border violence has displaced over 140,000 Chadians, overwhelming local and International NGO’