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Rwanda Sends Peacekeeping Troops to Darfur

Rwanda is sending more troops for a peacekeeping mission in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

A contingent of 95 soldiers left Rwanda Sunday. They will join 392 Rwandan soldiers already stationed in Darfur for the African Union.

Rwandan officials say their country will eventually contribute more than 1,700 soldiers to the AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

The African Union plans to double the size of its Darfur mission to nearly 8,000 soldiers to help stop a two-year war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million.

Rwanda's help in ending violence in Darfur comes 11 years after a genocide in the country left some 800,000 people dead.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.