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A region of western Sudan. Originally an independent sultanate, the area fell to the Egyptians in 1874 and later to the British. Under independent Sudan, the region has been the site of continuing ethnic conflict that developed into a major humanitarian crisis that began in 2003.
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(Placename) a region of the W Sudan; an independent kingdom until conquered by Egypt in 1874; since 2003 conflict between the Janjaweed and rebel groups has left thousands dead and homeless
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a province in the W Sudan. 3,093,699; 191,650 sq. mi. (496,374 sq. km).
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Noun1.Darfur - an impoverished region of western Sudan; "Darfur was a semi-independent sultanate until 1917 and is ethnically distinct from central Sudan"
Republic of the Sudan, Soudan, Sudan - a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956
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Midob and Birgid in Dar Fur are also linked to Nuba ethnicity.
[t]he Arabs were depicted as foreigners who should be evicted from this area of Dar Fur." (14)
A dozen people expressing their views against Dar fur and Zimbabwe is no demonstration, and again George Shire makes no effort to hide this.
I FIND it amazing that at the same time as The Mirror's Christmas Appeal for the people of Dar fur who are living in appalling conditions, where they can't get water or food to survive, we have Shirley Bassey spending pounds 500,000 on a birthday bash and Coleen McLoughlin, left, pounds 3,000 on a coffee machine.