Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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July 18: Janjaweed gunmen stormed a girls' school in Darfur, chained a group of students together, and set the building on fire. The attack followed US secretary of State Colin Powell's and UN secretary General Kofi Annan's recent visits to the region. [NYT, 7/18]

July 19: A Sudanese court sentences 10 Janjaweed militiamen to amputation and imprisonment for looting and killing in the Darfur region. [Reuters, 7/19]

July 27: Sudan summoned senior UK and German diplomats to Khartoum in protest of "threats to national security" after the EU pushed for sanctions over the Darfur conflict. [BBC, 7/27]

Aug. 4: Tens of thousands of people marched through the Sudanese capital Khartoum in protest of Western intervention in Darfur. [BBC, 8/4]

Aug. 28: Darfur's rebel groups walked out of peace talks with Sudanese officials in protest to alleged attacks on civilians by government-led forces. [BBC, 8/28]

Sept 6: More than 3,000 people fled amidst renewed violence in the Darfur province. [BBC, 9/6]

Sept. 10: Sudan rejected a statement by US secretary of State Colin Powell in which the US official described killings in Darfur as "genocide." [BBC, 9/10]

Sept. 22: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated that the number of inhabitants affected by the region's conflict surged from 1.5 million to 1.8 million during August 2004. [Guardian, 9/23]

Sept. 24: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees made a public statement that Sudan's government should grant more autonomy to the Darfur region as a step towards ending the violence there. [BBC, 9/24]

Sept. 26: UN security officials said that armed militiamen had taken up posts in the western border area of Sudan, where some Darfur refugees attempted to return to their raided villages. …

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