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Is history repeating itself in Darfur?

Fifteen years ago, atrocities in Darfur caused an international outcry. Why do things seem different today?

Sudanese refugees gather as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams assist the war wounded from West Darfur, Sudan, in Adre hospital, Chad June 16, 2023 [Mohammad Ghannam/MSF/Reuters]

In the western region of Darfur, Sudan’s conflict has reopened old wounds caused by divisions drawn along ethnic lines that led to systematic killings a generation ago. Back then, governments worldwide accused government-backed militias of carrying out a genocide. Today, a power struggle between two military leaders has torn apart Darfur, Khartoum and the country. So where did those militias come from, and why do they have so many people in Darfur running for their lives again? This is the first of a two-part series on the crisis happening in Darfur.

In this episode:

  • Niemat, women’s rights activist from Darfur

  • Mat Nashed (@matnashed), freelance journalist covering Sudan

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Amy Walters, David Enders and our host Natasha del Toro, in for Malika Bilal. Khaled Soltan and Miranda Lin fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our head of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik. Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.


(c) 2023, Al Jazeera



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