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16 April, 2007 - Published 16:12 GMT
Oxfam appeal for Darfur and Chad
Oxfam is making a big appeal for humanitarian aid to Darfur and neighbouring Chad, where millions of people have been made homeless by fighting. The international aid agency wants to raise US$10m for what it calls 'the world's greatest humanitarian crisis'. Anu Anand reports:
Oxfam says the United Nations has only received a quarter of the funding it needs to help some four million people in Sudan's Dafur region and in neighbouring Chad, who are now so dependent on humanitarian aid, they need it to stay alive.
It says malnutrition rates are close to emergency levels and is calling on the public to donate money for clean water, medicine and sanitation.
At least two hundred thousand people have been killed and two million displaced during the four year conflict between rebel groups and the pro-Sudanese Jangaweed militia.
The Oxfam appeal follows a joint-venture by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washing DC and the online mapping service, Google Earth, to halt what they see as genocide.
Anu Anand, BBC World Affairs Correspondent
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