Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the current conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur began in early 2003, when rebels attacked government targets and then expanded to the widespread killing of civilians and the destruction of villages. These attacks have led to more than two million people being displaced and thousands killed.
In the spring of 2004, the conflict began to receive broad international press coverage; scholars and development specialists produced in-depth studies and reports. Governments issued position papers and sent representatives to Sudan to see the situation firsthand. New organizations, each with websites, were formed because of the Darfur crisis. Websites and blogs replaced many of the pamphlets, flyers, and newsletters used to disseminate information in an earlier era - the web archive of the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan, preserves documentation of the early phase of this humanitarian crisis for future historians with web sites of key organizations, a sampling of news reports, and the responses of government, international organizations and the general public in the U.S. and worldwide.
- Collection Period:
- February 20, 2006 to December 5, 2006.