Sudanese government vows millions to Darfur town

February 6, 2009 20:05


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Sudanese authorities are donating $90 million to a Darfur town recaptured this week by government troops after a three-week fight with the rebels. The town - Muhajeria - was first seized by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement on January 15 from a government-allied group. Government officials said their forces reclaimed it on Wednesday. The UN said at least 30 people died in the fighting and thousands were displaced. Sudan's official news agency says the country's defense minister toured the town of 30,000 on Friday. The donation was made by Governor Ali Mahmoud of south Darfur. The money is to be used to build schools and set up a communication network. Darfur rebels took up arms in 2003, complaining of government discrimination and neglect.

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