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Climate change behind Darfur massacre

DARFUR - the UN Secretary General said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon. Four years of fighting has killed at least 200,000 people. "The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change." UN statistics show that rainfall declined some 40 percent over the past two decades, as a rise in Indian Ocean temperatures disrupted monsoons. When Darfur's land was rich, black farmers welcomed Arab herders and shared their water. With the drought, however, farmers fenced in their land to prevent overgrazing. "For the first time in memory, there was no longer enough food and water for all. Fighting broke out." Sudan is not the only country with such problems - Somalia, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso are other African countries with "food and water insecurity."

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