Qatar donates $500 million to war-ravaged Darfur

The announcement comes on the heels of an international conference seeking ways to boost stability in the region


Associated Press
April 8, 2013 6:25PM (UTC)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar is pledging $500 million to help rebuild Sudan's war-battered region of Darfur as part of an international conference seeking ways to boost stability after a decade of violence.

Monday's promise follows Qatar's drive to strengthen peace efforts brokered by the Gulf nation two years ago. The official Qatar News Agency said Darfur funding pledge opened a donors' conference in the capital, Doha.

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Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum. Fighting also erupts between tribes.

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir is accused of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court for attacks in Darfur.

On Sunday, Britain pledged $102 million to Sudan over three years, with about half going to Darfur.


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