Nigerian reinforcements arrive in Darfur
|Cbc News, 28 Octobre 2004|
Dozens of Nigerian troops arrived in the Darfur region of western Sudan Thursday, to bolster the African Union peacekeeping force in the troubled area.
The African Union mission already had 390 soldiers on the ground.
The force is expected to expand to 3,320 people by the end of November.
The peacekeepers are expected to report on violations of a ceasefire between rebels who have been fighting government troops and militias loyal to Khartoum.
Armed soldiers are protecting a force of unarmed observers.
The crisis in Darfur began in February of last year, when rebels launched a series of attacks against the Arab-dominated government.
Pro-government Arab militias known as the janjaweed responded by attacking villages in the Darfur region.
Tens of thousands of people have died and about 1.5 million villagers have fled their homes.