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Darfur

Darfur is the western region of Sudan. It shares international borders with Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Libya and (since July 2011) South Sudan. Within Sudan, Darfur borders North and South Kordofan states to the southeast and Northern State to the northeast.

Area: 493,180 km2

Population: 6,000,000 (2004 pre-conflict estimate)

States

Demonym: Darfuri


ST Links on Darfur: Darfur Conflict | Darfur Peace Process | Darfur Rebel Groups

Darfur Media: Radio Darfur (formerly Radio Dabanga)


Government and Administration: Darfur Regional Authority (DRA)

Chairman of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA)

Darfur Administrative History

  • 2011 | 21 Sept. | Darfur Regional Authority (DRA)
  • 2007 | 23 April | Transitional Darfur Regional Authority inaugurated
  • 1916 | 22 May | State extinguished
  • 1889 - 1898 | Darfur annexed to the Mahdiya
  • 1874 | 23 Oct. | Darfur is occupied by Egypt
  • 1445 | Kayra Fur dynasty established

Chairmen of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority

Darfur Sultans

  • 1785 - 1799 | `Abd ar-Rahman ar-Rashid
  • 1799 - 1839 | Muhammad al-Fadl
  • 1839 - Apr 1873 | Muhammad al-Husayn
  • 1839 - 1843 | Muhammad Abu Madyan (in rebellion)
  • 21 Apr 1873 - 23 Oct 1874 | Ibrahim Qarad Koyko
  • 1874 - 1874 | Hasab Allah
  • 1874 - 1875 | Sayf ad-Din Bush
  • 1877 - 1880 | Sayf ad-Din Muhammad Harun ar-Rashid
  • 1880 - 1884 | `Abd Allah Dud Banja
  • 1887 - 14 Feb 1888 | Yusuf
  • 1888 - 1891 | Abu´l Khayrat
  • 1891 - 1908 | Sanin al-Husayn (in rebellion)

Darfur Links

Nyala

ODI - City limits: urbanisation and vulnerability in Sudan - Nyala case study


Videos

Al Jazeera English | Plight of Chad families in wake of "child smuggling" row | 2 November 2007

The French charity alleged to be involved in child kidnapping by Chad claims it was rescuing the children who were fleeing war-ravaged Darfur in neighbouring Sudan. Our correspondent, Mohamad Vall, went to the border town of Tine to uncover the plight of families still living there.


Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - The Darfur Peace Conference 28 Oct 2007

Opposing groups in the conflict discuss the outcomes they expect to see.


Al Jazeera English | Displaced people protest in Darfur | 27 Oct 2007

In the camps of Darfur, people are angry at what they see as a lack of progress towards peace for the region in which they live. In the camps of Darfur, people are angry at what they see as a lack of progress towards peace for the region in which they live. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Vall reports from northern Darfur.


Al Jazeera English | Differences before Darfur talks | 26 Oct 2007

Talks between a number of rebel factions in Darfur and the Sudanese government are expected to take place in Libya on October 27. Before the talks, squabbles over which rebel groups will be represented have broken out. Local officials in Darfur have taken a swipe at the organisers of the talks, including the United Nations. Mohammed Vall was the only international news correspondent at a meeting in northern Darfur, hosted by the area’s governor.


Al Jazeera English | South Sudan hosts Darfur rebels - 22 Oct 2007

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has hosted talks in Juba, Sudan’s southern capital, between rebel Darfur factions hoping to find consensus between the groups.


Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - Campaigning for Darfur - 17 Sept. 2007


Al Jazeera English | Heart of Darfur: Musa Hilal & the Janjaweed - 20 Aug. 2007

Mohamed Vall interviews the man that the United States accuses of leading the Janjaweed militia in Darfur.


Al Jazeera English | Heart of Darfur: Arab Nomads | 17 Aug 2007

All this week we’ve been bringing you a series of reports about the Darfur you didn’t know. Now Mohammed Vall follows the trail of the nomadic Arabs of Darfur. They are sometimes wrongfully characterised as Janjaweed, the government backed militia involved in much of the violence of the past 4 years. But as Mohammed discovered, the Rizegat Bedouin are themselves struggling to preserve their way of life in a region torn apart by the conflict.


Al Jazeera English | Heart of Darfur: The fur tribe | 16 Aug 2007

The villagers who live among the Jebel Marra Mountains in Sudan’s Darfur region say they’re blessed with an abundance of natural resources but live in poverty. As part of Al Jazeera’s exclusive series on Darfur. Mohammed Vall went to speak to some of the ’Fur’ people living in the foothills where Sudan’s largest rebel group keeps watch.


Al Jazeera English | Heart of Darfur: Rebels’ Story - 14 July 2007

Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall meets the young men fighting against the Sudanese government in Darfur.


Al Jazeera English | Heart of Darfur exclusive rebel leader interview - 13 Aug 2007

Mohamed Vall speaks to Commander Gaddoura, leader of the local Abdul Wahid group, a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, about his continuing fight against the Sudanese government.


Al Jazeera English | Riz Khan - Ancient lakebed in Darfur | 1 Aug 2007

A scientist has discovered an ancient mega-lake that could provide water.


Al Jazeera English | Darfur refugees escape to starvation | 7 Jul 2007


Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - Hybrid force for Darfur | 18 Jun 2007

The Sudanese government has accepted a hybrid force of United Nations and African Union troops for Darfur.


Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - Darfur - Part 1 | 19 Apr 2007


Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - Darfur - Part 2 | 19 Apr 2007




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