Scope: Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the current conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur began in early 2003, when rebels attacked government targets and then expanded to the widespread killing of civilians and the destruction of villages. These attacks have led to more than two million people being displaced and thousands killed. More than 10,000 aid workers, both Sudanese and international, are actively involved in assisting victims of this man-made disaster.
In the spring of 2004, the conflict began to receive broad international press coverage; scholars and development specialists produced in-depth studies and reports. Governments issued position papers and sent representatives to Sudan to see the situation firsthand. New organizations, each with Web sites, have been formed because of the Darfur crisis. Reminiscent of those seen during the 1970's and 1980's which opposed the oppressive apartheid system in South Africa, campaigns have begun urging U.S. states and universities to divest from companies doing business in Sudan and asking the public to petition its government officials to take action. Web sites and blogs have replaced many of the pamphlets, flyers, and newsletters used to disseminate information in an earlier era. A Web Archive of the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan, will preserve the documentation of this humanitarian crisis for future historians, and will include sites of key organizations, a sampling of news reports, and the responses of government, international organizations and the general public in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Collection Period: March 20, 2006 - November 20, 2006
Number of Sites: 216
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