Rwandan Troops Arrive in Darfur Aboard US Air Force Planes

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    Rwandan Troops Arrive in Sudan

    http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/africa/10/31/sudan.talks.troops.ap/

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Dozens of Rwandan soldiers have arrived in Sudan's troubled Darfur region aboard two U.S. Air Force transport planes to beef up a tiny African contingent widely seen as the main hope to stabilizing the area.

    Maj. Mac Dorbi, the Ghanian chief operations officer for the African Union Mission in the Sudan, said 65 Rwandan soldiers arrived Saturday at an airport in al-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, following a four-hour flight.

    They are joining an AU protection force, which is guarding organization monitors keeping check on a shaky April 4 cease-fire agreement.

    "We need them (the new soldiers) because we have to go on active investigations and monitor (the cease-fire)," Dorbi told The Associated Press.

    "We need more troops to spread out all over the area and react fast to incidents."

    A total of 237 Rwandan troops will fly out in the next five days to join 50 Nigerian troops who were deployed in Darfur on Thursday, said Rwandan defense spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Karamba.

    The United Nations has called Darfur the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

    About 70,000 people have died there since March -- mostly through disease and hunger -- while 1.5 million people have fled their homes since February 2003.

    No reliable figures are available for those killed by violence.

    Originally a clash between African farmers and Arab nomads over the distribution of scarce resources, the conflict has grown into a counterinsurgency in which pro-government Arab militia have raped, killed and burned the villages of their enemy.

    The government denies allegations that it supports the Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed.

    The Sudanese government also says the U.N.'s death toll is hugely exaggerated, putting it at about 7,000.
     
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    sure would be nice if a lot more troops than this showed up

    its something though
     

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