World News

Qatar Pledges $500 Million to Sudan's Darfur

TEXT SIZE - +
Qatar has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Sudan's war-battered Darfur region.

Qatari officials made the announcement Monday in Doha, where delegates are gathered for the final day of a donor conference to raise funds for development and reconstruction in Darfur.

Prior to the start of the conference on Sunday, Britain promised $100 million to Sudan over three years, with about half of that going to Darfur.

The European Union also pledged $35 million.

Darfur has been racked by fighting and violence since rebel groups launched an uprising against Sudan's central government in 2003.

The United Nations estimates more than 300,000 people have died and close to two million civilians have been forced from their homes. Periodic fighting and tribal clashes continue.

Feature Story

People make their way into Terminal A at Mineta San Jose International Airport near the Hawaiian Airlines gates, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

VOA Exclusive: Teen Stowaway's Father Says Allah Protected Son

Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi tells VOA's Somali service he was stunned to learn his son had made the risky trip to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing jetliner More