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Deep in Darfur

Finally made it deep into Darfur. Close to the border of Chad, west from Habila. It’s shortly after the end of the rainy season, and its incredibly green. It is a different Darfur – different from my expectations and different from the image portrayed in the international press.

The diversity of the people amazes. This area has of course been a crossroad of African people for many centuries. Still today, not much is documented about the populations – nomads, warriors, refugees – crossing the corridor from Sudan through Chad and CAR, Cameroon and Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso all the way to Mali and Senegal.

The juxtaposition of green landscape and fields full of millet and groundnuts with long stretches of desert makes it easy to imagine why Darfur hosts so many different conflicts. But during the few days i spent here, it feels very homey and pleasant.

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