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July 27, 2020

After more than 80 people were killed in Darfur on Friday and Saturday, Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Sunday more troops will be sent to the region to protect citizens amid farming season.

On Friday, 20 people were killed in Darfur by unidentified gunmen, and 60 more were killed on Saturday; the village of Masteri was also set on fire. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement this "escalation of violence in different parts of Darfur region is leading to increased displacement, compromising the agricultural season, causing loss of lives and livelihoods, and driving growing humanitarian needs."

Over the last 19 years, Darfur has been the site of intense fighting between rebel groups and people loyal to former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown last year. The conflict has killed an estimated 300,000 people and displaced two million, the U.N. said. Catherine Garcia

February 11, 2020

In a major development for both Sudan and the International Criminal Court, Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir appears to be headed to The Hague.

During peace talks between Sudan's government and rebel groups in the country's Darfur region, the former agreed al-Bashir will be sent to The Hague where he'll face the ICC on charges related to genocide and war crimes in Darfur in 2003. The conflict in the region killed around 300,000 people. The news could be a game changer for everyone involved, especially as Sudan tries to usher in a new era of political reform following months of anti-government protests last year.

The 76-year-old al-Bashir was removed from power last year and sentenced to two years in a social reform facility for corruption because people over 70 can't serve jail terms in Sudan. He's also been charged with killing protesters during the demonstrations that led to his ouster, though the ICC would be focusing on the Darfur-related charges if and when al-Bashir is tried.

"Justice cannot be achieved if we don't heal the wounds," Sudanese government spokesman Mohhamed Hassan Eltaish said. Read more at BBC. Tim O'Donnell

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