Renewed fighting in darfur

Due to ongoing fighting in Sudan's civil war region of Darfur, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe has suspended its distribution of aid in many areas.385.000 people therefore remained without food in June and were at risk of starvation, the aid agency said in Bonn on Wednesday.

Due to ongoing fighting in Sudan's civil war region of Darfur, German Agro Action has suspended its distribution of aid in many areas.385.000 people therefore remained without food in June and were threatened with starvation, the aid organization announced in Bonn on Wednesday. The background is the fighting that has been going on for weeks between various factions of the SLA, one of the most important rebel groups in the civil war zone. In early May, a peace treaty was signed between the government in Khartoum and the SLA, which is not recognized by all rebel groups."If the fighting between the rebel factions does not stop soon, thousands of people will starve to death," warns Welthungerhilfe's regional coordinator in Sudan, Johan van der Kamp. The distribution of seeds had also been stopped, so that people could not sow anything before the upcoming rainy season. Welthungerhilfe now fears that there will be new refugee flows.

Chief prosecutor: Thousands of war crimes in Darf

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, has presented evidence of thousands of war crimes in Darfur to the UN Security Council. Civilians have been killed in outright massacres, hundreds of women raped, Ocampo said at the launch of a report Wednesday night in New York.Ocampo also accused the Sudanese government of failing to investigate and prosecute the acts. This is the condition for the criminal court in The Hague to become active.Khartoum had forbidden Ocampo's staff to enter Darfur until the very end. The judicially usable proofs and statements were brought together in a data base.In western Sudan's Darfur region, rebels have been fighting government soldiers and militias allied with them for more than three years. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives in the attacks. More than two million inhabitants have fled their villages and live in camps.

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