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Refugee Ring--Blind Area.Khartoum hosts the largest refugee ring in the worldÑ4.5 million people.  Most of were forced out of the oilfield/war zone areas.  Part of the refugee ring is reserved for Lepers and the Blind. While the writer distracted our handlers, I walked around with the local chiefs who were frightened of the security people that accompanied us.  They say the security folks steal their children and force them into military conscription...Story Summary:.Sudan, the largest country in Africa, hosts a civil war between the Islamic North and the African South that has the highest casualty rate of any war since World War II...Two and a half million people have been killed in this insidious conflict.  It drags on because Southerners have no voice, and the Northerners have engineered ÒThe Perfect WarÓ where none of their people are killed...The North forces people out of the South by bombing them, burning their crops, and harassing them with gunships. They abduct their children and draft them to fight with the Northern armyÑforcing southerners to fight their own brothers...This story is particularly interesting now because there is a small window for peace in a civil war that has been dragging on since the end of colonial rule.  The war has always been about tribal issues and ideologyÉ but more than that, it is about resources.  This clash over resources may bring peace.  The North controls the pipeline and the only port, and the South controls the land...The story of Sudan has always been the continual transference of wealth from the resources of the south to the elite few who live in the deserts of the north.  And the sucking sound in the middle of the country is from the corrupt government in northern Khartoum..

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