As many as 300,000 were estimated dead and over 1.8 million were at risk in the Darfur province of Sudan. The United Nations had described the situation as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with “catastrophic levels” of suffering. The tragedy began before 2001, when black Sudanese rebels in Darfur revolted. The Government of Sudan armed Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, to crush the rebellion.

Many innocent civilians had been killed, raped and terrorized by the Janjaweed, who even continued to attack their villages for years. 1.2 million people fled for their lives to makeshift refugee camps in the Darfur region and across the border in Chad.

Since 2004, we were involved in providing food rations for internally displaced people in Darfur who lived outside the UN camps.