A Marine's View of the Sudan Crisis

Former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle has been in the Dafur region of Western Sudan monitoring the humanitarian crisis there for the African Union. In the past 18 months, 180,000 people have died from hunger and disease.

An unknown number of Sudanese have died as a result of the violence, and at the hands of the militia group the Janjaweed, which has carried out a scorched-earth campaign of killing, raping and driving people from their homes. The Janjaweed targets non-Arab villages. There are at least 2 million refugees as a result. Steidle says he has no doubt that what is going on there is genocide.

Sudanese government soldier emerges from a village store

A Sudanese government soldier emerges from a village building; Steidle says the man was looting the store. Capt. Brian Steidle hide caption

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