Major study demonstrates direct Sudanese government involvement in most village attacks in Darfur

The most comprehensive investigation yet of attacks on villages in Darfur, Sudan, during the period January 2001 to September 2005 has shown that 63% of the attacks were directly perpetrated by soldiers or aircraft belonging to the Sudanese government, often in cooperation with government-backed Janjaweed militia forces.
The Government of Sudan's forces and the Janjaweed were together responsible for 97% of all attacks on villages in Darfur. 58 % of the total attacks were conducted by Sudanese government forces in co-operation with the Government-backed Janjaweed militias. These militias were additionally responsible for a further 34 % of the attacks, while government of Sudan forces were responsible for an additional 5% of the attacks.

During these attacks an average of 50 inhabitants were massacred per village, giving an estimated mean of 87,200 people directly killed during those attacks. Many of the survivors of the attacks on the villages have since died of the wounds inflicted during the attacks, or of hunger or disease caused by having to flee from their homes.

"I am shocked that the world has stood by and allowed these atrocities to happen," says Bloodhound's chairman Andreas Höfer Petersen. "The sheer scale of these crimes is beyond comprehension - each individual account of the attacks on the villages is so brutal by our standards in the west, and yet there are hundreds of such accounts."

Bloodhound demands that the world stops turning a blind eye to what is happening in Darfur, and acts immediately to end the suffering of the millions of victims of the conflict now confined to squalid camps in Chad and Sudan. At the same time, Bloodhound demands that the international community brings all the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

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