Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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Apr. 18: Breaking United Nations security Council (UNSC) resolutions, Sudan resumed aerially transporting arms and heavy military supplies into Darfur. Khartoum ordered the transport planes painted white and marked with "UN" to dupe onlookers. The claim of the illicit activity came forth from a recently released UN report designed to monitor Sudan's compliance with UN resolutions concerning Darfur. [NYT, 4/18]

May 2: The International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down warrants for the arrest of Ahmad Harun, the Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs minister and 'Ali Kushayb, a Janjaweed militia leader, in connection with over 50 different charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. ICC judges indicated that they had found evidence of collusion between the Sudanese government and Janjaweed fighters, marking the first time that an international court had made such a claim. [CNN, 5/2]

Jul. 19: Boston University scholars discovered an expansive underground lake, approximately the size of Massachusetts, in Darfur, generating the prospect for détente between rival factions in the war-ravaged region. The institution's Center for Remote Sensing proposed the construction of 1,000 wells to tap into the subterranean body to provide water to farmers and herders, easing the competition for the vital natural resources. Water scarcity contributed to sparking the ongoing violence that had claimed the lives of at least 200,000 and produced 2. …

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