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Darfur: Sudanese President Charged with Genocide
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 30, 2008-- As part of the international effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against Sudan's president for a five-year campaign of violence in Darfur. It is the first time that a charge like this was made by the court against a residing head of state.

Help Stop Genocide in Darfur
Thursday, July 26- Vigils at Chinese Consulates
SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2007 While people are still suffering and dying in Darfur, there is a country whose position in improving the dramatic situation there is critical: China is the largest foreign investor as well as the largest trade partner of Sudan, and has just begun its term as president of the UN Security Council. This Thursday, July 26, vigils will be held at all Chinese diplomatic posts in the US to urge the government of this country to help stop the genocide in Darfur.

Caritas Worker Killed in Darfur
DARFUR, Sudan, June 19, 2007 - A Caritas employee was shot and killed on his way home from work at a West Darfur refugee camp on Sunday.

Pope Asks for a Solution in Darfur
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2007 - Benedict XVI asked for a negotiated solution to the bloody situation in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Caritas worker killed 06/16

Pope asks for a solution in Darfur

U.S. Sanctions on Sudan in Effort to Stop the Genocide in  Darfur

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2007- President George Bush has announced that new economic sanctions will be introduced to put pressure on the government in Khartoum in an effort to stop the genocide in Darfur (see "Sudan - Cauldron of Tragedy"). The sanctions target 31 Sudanese companies and 3 individuals complicit in the violence.

Genocide and Extreme Poverty:
Quotes from the Social Teachings

Sudan- cauldron of tragedy
Sudan is the largest African country- about a quarter of the size of the USA- and one of the most diverse on the continent. The diversity is not confined merely to the landscape, ranging from deserts to mountain ranges, swamps and rain forests, but it also extends to the inhabitants: Sudan's people comprise 597 ethnic groups who speak more than 400 different languages and dialects and represent various religions.

Darfur Aid Workers Inhibited by Militias
ABATA, Sudan, APRIL 20, 2007 ( While people living in displacement camps now have access to basic services, remote co mmunities in Darfur have received little humanitarian assistance because of continued security threats to aid workers.

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