Clinging to life in Darfur

Hawa Bashi was sure that her son, Hari, would die soon.
An emaciated two-year-old with the resigned gaze of a life-weary elder, Hari had lost his appetite. Even worse, he seemed to have lost the will to live.

Village makes poison claim; Says Sudanese air force dropped white powder Rwandan troops arrive in Darfur to protect observers

The Toronto Star Monday, August 16, 2004 Page: A7 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: SHEGEK KARO, NORTHERN DARFUR Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Inhabitants of this picturesque village in western Sudan said the Sudanese air force sprayed them with a strange powder that killed two villagers and dozens of heads of livestock in May. Another bomb, dropped by a jet fighter the same day, produced a poisonous smoke that injured about 50 people on the other side of the village, they said. A Sudanese…

Death is in the air, villagers say; Sudanese planes bring bombs, not help Millions of insects may pose new threat

The Toronto Star Thursday, August 12, 2004 Page: A6 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: MUSBAT, Sudan Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Osman Muhammad Haroun knows exactly who to blame for the air strike that destroyed his ancestral compound and nearly killed his family. The name he invokes is not Janjaweed, the notorious militia blamed for much of the violence here in Darfur. It is Antonov, the make of plane used by Sudan’s army. “It was a Sudanese army Antonov bomber,” said Haroun, a village…

Staying in Darfur a deadly struggle; Valley dwellers risk starvation Sudan rejects offer of African soldiers

The Toronto Star Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Page: A10 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: SHEGEK KARO, SUDAN Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Hawa Bashi’s new home is the shade beneath a thorny little tree the locals call katera, where she holds her 2-year-old son, Hari, close. The pair, with Bashi’s two other children, is among tens of thousands who fled black African villages in the Darfur region when Sudan’s army and the Janjaweed Arab militias arrived to destroy them. While many went to refugee…

'First came the planes … '; The destruction of a Darfur village 'It's the Sudanese army that did it'

The Toronto Star Monday, August 9, 2004 Page: A1 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Every shop was looted and torched FARAWIEH, SUDAN Omar Harir rhymes off the names of 16 friends and relatives murdered in a sudden raid on his Darfur village that saw its homes torched, wells poisoned and livestock stolen. Some of the raiders who descended on Farawieh were militiamen, known as Janjaweed. But Harir and the other surviving villagers say the attackers also included Sudanese soldiers. The…

Marine boot camp, 'Sahel' style; U.S. trainers teach infantry drills, Frisbee throwing Instructors supply everything but rifles, camel meat

The Toronto Star Sunday, August 8, 2004 Page: F2 Section: Business Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: N’DJAMENA, CHAD Source: Special to the Star This city’s trendy Le Carnivore restaurant might seem a strange place to run into U.S Marines decked out in full desert camouflage gear. An island of prosperity in the slums of N’Djamena, one of Africa’s poorest capitals, Le Carnivore usually attracts wealthy local businessmen and humanitarian workers. So the sight of four Marines tucking into Le Carnivore’s famous steaks caused a bit of…

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