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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.


(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



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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NYSE: SLF, TSX: SLF) has named Andrew Darfoor as senior vice president, SLF International (Bermuda), responsible for the company's Bermuda operations and relationship management activities for SLF International global distributors.
Dr Darfoor explained that my excess gum tissue could be cut away, so there would be more tooth on show.
Dr Darfoor, the dentist who cut away Lydia Bright's over-sized gums (see previous page), is also pioneering a treatment that does just the opposite.