THE DARFUR CRISIS
Rebel groups in Sudan began fighting the government in 2003 over perceptions that the government had been oppressing the Arab populations, and in response the government has been accused of implementing a campaign of ethnic cleansing against non-Arabs, in which estimates of hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed. The effects of mass relocations, forced migrations, starvations and disease have also heavily impacted the population of the country. In 2007 the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants after the UN Security Council had referred the situation to them in 2005, issued for charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Independent ran with coverage investigating the war crimes, often using the phrase in the headlines for the stories. Alongside their coverage of the legal progress, they also ran stories exploring the human side of the atrocities.
Howden, Daniel, and Steve Bloomfield. “Historic trial puts warlord in dock over child soldiers.” Independent, 30 Jan. 2007
Smith, Alex Duval. “Minister named as Darfur war crimes suspect.” Independent, 28 Feb. 2007
Grice, Andrew, Political Editor. “Through the eyes of children : new evidence of the horrors of Darfur.” Independent, 2 Aug. 2007
Bloomfield, Steve, Africa Correspondent. “President of Sudan ‘likely to be indicted’ for war crimes in Darfur.” Independent, 12 July 2008