AUTHOR: ORJI STELLA IFEOMA
DEPARTMENT: POLITICAL SCIENCE
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.
Civil and ethnic conflicts in African nations have generated millions of refugees across the globe with unbelievable pictures of suffering and unnecessary death. The instability caused by the magnitude and nature of refugees in Africa is immeasurable. It has given rise to insecurity among nations and within nations. Resources meant for development are subsequently channeled towards quelling such conflicts or attending to refugees. Thus, this study was undertaken to look at the Refugees Crisis in Darfur and the role of the African Union from 2003 to 2006. The factors that could lead to break down of peace in the nation were critically analysed. Such factors as found in this work, includes political and economic marginalization of Darfur people. Some of the factors had its echo informer times. The use of ethnicity to deepen the crisis was also looked into. The role of Government of Sudan in the ongoing crisis was also ascertained. An attempt was made to discover, whether the government of Sudan played a key role in sustaining the crisis. Finally, African Union, which replaced the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U), was brought into the picture in their first attempt at peace keeping in Africa. Their performance as regards the Act guiding them was also analysed.
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Tags: (SPLM) Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, A.U. (African Union), Civil war in Darfur, Colonel Qadafi, Colonialism, Darfur, Darfur crisis, Ethnicity in Darfur, European Union (EU), Government Response to Darfur, Janjaweed, Justice for Equality Movement (JEM), National Islamic Front (NIF), Nature and Pattern of Refugee Crisis in Darfur, Organization of African Unity (OAU), Peace and Security Council (PSC), peace keeping, Political Science PGD Project-2011, Political Violence, Refugees, Role of African Union in Darfur, Sudan, Sudan independence, Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM), Theory of Imperialism