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17 November, 2015

Over 160,000 displaced in Darfur in 2015

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday that as many as 166,000 people were forced to flee their homes in 2015. [...] According to UN figures, the deadly conflict in Sudan’s highly volatile region had resulted in the displacement of 286,000 people last year.”

The UN official [Ivo Freijsen] noted that the world body is still concerned about the 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region who have fled their homes since the outbreak of the conflict 15 years ago.”

Darfur has been the scene of violence since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum. There has also been tribal fighting in the region. [...] The UN estimates that the violence in Darfur has so far killed some 300,000 people. Khartoum, however disputes the figure, estimating the death toll to be no more than 10,000.”

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