2003In February of 2003, two opposition groups called the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) emerged in Darfur and attacked government troops. The armed militia stated their attacks were in protest of the government of Sudan’s failure to protect local villagers from attacks by nomadic groups, and economic marginalization of the region.After the Sudanese government indicated they were going to seek a peaceful solution, they chose to resolve the conflict by force in March of 2003. Since that time the fighting has never stopped.2004In July of 2004, the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) began deployment in the region. Their goal was to provide some measure of security for civilians and to aid workers in Darfur.AMIS proved to be under-equipped to provide adequate security for civilians.______________________________________________________________________________2005In January of 2005, the UN issued a report that indicated there were 1.6 million internally displaced persons as a result of the violence in the region. The report concluded that there was a crisis occurring in Darfur.
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