Benjamin Lowy

EDITORIAL: DARFUR: Chad | The Camps

Following government funded violent pogroms against Ethnic Africans in the Darfur region of Sudan, millions of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) fled the abuses of the Janjaweed militias into neighboring Chad, a long and arduous trek from a region three times the size of France. Tribal grazing fields soon became massive refugee camps, overflowing with the maimed and hungry. NGO aid organizations and the UN rushed to control the influx of the refugees, running buses between the conflict-ridden border and numerous tent cities. Entire villages and tribal populations now live in plastic tents and impromptu mud-huts centered on speedily installed water pumps. A massive humanitarian disaster, not seen on the worldwide stage since the genocide and aftermath in Rwanda has continued to develop.