August 27, 2008 |
Hijackers in Sudan's Darfur region seized a jetliner carrying nearly 100 people, including Darfur officials, and forced it to land at a World War II-era airfield in the Sahara in neighboring Libya, officials said. A Libyan official at the remote Kufra airport said the 10 hijackers belonging to a Darfur rebel group were demanding enough fuel for the Boeing 737 to continue to France. The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement quickly denied any link to the hijacking. The flight was commandeered soon after taking off from Nyala for Khartoum, the national capital, said Yusuf Ibrahim, director of Khartoum's airport.
March 6, 2008 |
The Sudanese military confirmed that it had found the body of a French soldier killed on the border with Chad. France had said the soldier went missing after he and another member of its special forces were shot at by Sudanese troops after the two strayed into Sudan. The two were part of a European peacekeeping force deployed in Chad and the neighboring Central African Republic to protect uprooted people and aid workers on the borders of Sudan's Darfur region.
August 28, 2008 |
Two hijackers who commandeered a jetliner from Sudan's Darfur region and diverted it to a remote desert airstrip in Libya surrendered and freed all hostages after a daylong standoff, officials said. Sudan's consul in the Sahara desert oasis of Kufra, where the plane landed, said the two Darfur men were brought into the airport's VIP lounge. Also freed were crew members whom the hijackers had continued to hold even after releasing 87 passengers earlier. The diplomat, Mohammed Balla Othman, who spoke to the Associated Press by telephone from the VIP room, said that in the last stages of negotiations, the hijackers were asking for asylum in Libya.
May 30, 2008 |
The joint United Nations-African Union mission in Sudan's Darfur region said a Ugandan member of the peacekeeping force had been fatally shot. He was the first member slain since the troops deployed five months ago. John Kennedy Okecha was found dead Wednesday in a peacekeeper vehicle on the outskirts of the Zam Zam refugee camp. He had been wounded in the neck, chest and stomach. U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno warned this month of an increase in violence in Darfur, where hundreds of thousands are estimated to have died since 2003.
December 29, 2010 |
They carry all they own from desert slums and stack it near big trucks. They're packing to go home to southern Sudan, even those who have never been there but have heard stories of tribal chiefs and cattle herds roaming the grasslands. Boys haul bed frames; women bundle blankets. Rare trinkets of a poor man's wealth ? a TV, a fan ? shine in the dust. But most families claim much less: bags of grain, tin pots and memories that have kept a lost place alive. "Our children were born in north Sudan, but their hearts are southern," said Francis Jackson, a slender tribesman holding a folder crammed with the names of those preparing to leave.
October 13, 2010 |
George Clooney on Tuesday did what only George Clooney can do -- use his status as a world-renowned celebrity to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in the African country of Sudan, located in a part of the world that most Americans simply ignore. Depending on one’s politics, there has been an ongoing civil war or rebellion in western Sudan’s Darfur region since 2003 that has created one of the world’s seemingly unsolvable humanitarian and diplomatic crisis. There is no agreement on the numbers, but most independent agencies put the death toll at around 300,000 people and 2.7 million people forced to flee their homes in the battle between Arab militias, backed by the central government, and black Christian and animist Africans.