Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Report: 2 Million Lives Ruined in Darfur

In one of the most detailed studies of the Darfur conflict, investigators from Physicians for Human Rights ... concluded that the Sudanese Government and pro-Government Arab militia systematically destroyed the livelihood of residents.

The report says that by doing so, the attackers committed a little-discussed form of genocide. One clause in the United Nations' genocide convention defines the crime of genocide as a group inflicting upon another group "conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part".

"Not only did the attackers destroy these people's livelihood, but they were driven out to this desert deathtrap, where you virtually cannot survive unless you are getting some outside assistance," the report's author, John Heffernan, said.

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