Sudan Darfur donor conference raises $3.6 billion

  • Donor countries for the development and reconstruction of Sudan’s Darfur region have pledged nearly $3.6 billion, which is to be paid over six years.

    The announcement was made on Monday at the end of a two-day international donor forum hosted by the Gulf state of Qatar.

    Organizers were seeking some $7.2bn in development aid in a bid to make the region more self-sufficient.

    Around 300,000 people are estimated to have died during a decade of conflict in Darfur while some 1.4 million remain homeless, according to the United Nations.

    The pledged amount includes $2.65bn from the government in Khartoum as part of a peace deal signed in Qatar in 2011.

    Qatar pledged $500 million while the European Union said it would contribute $35 million.

    The conflict in Darfur began in 2003 after rebels attacked government targets, accusing Khartoum of oppressing black Africans in favor of Arabs.

    The mainly Arab Janjaweed militia was accused of carrying out genocide against Darfur's black African population in response.

    Violence in Darfur has decreased but there are still clashes between government forces and rival ethnic groups.

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

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