Protecting Two Million Internally Displaced: The Successes and Shortcomings of the African Union in Darfur

Violette Cassis and William G. ONeill
William G. ONeill Director, Conflict Prevention Program, Social Science Research Council

November 1, 2005

Although armed conflict in Darfur continues to leave millions of people homeless, vulnerable to violence, and susceptible to potentially life-threatening diseases, African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops, contrary to popular belief, have made a difference in the region.

Their presence has deterred the rape of women, reduced the recruitment of children into armed forces, protected humanitarian corridors and aid convoys, reduced the looting of animals belonging to Arab nomads, and helped displaced persons who returned to their homes. However, the report also finds many shortcomings and offers detailed recommendations to deal with the deteriorating situation in Darfur, including an increase in AU troop strength to at least 20,000.

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