Qatar pledges $500m for war-ravaged Darfur

Qatar opens Darfur aid conference with $500 million pledge

Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar pledged $500 million Monday to help rebuild Sudan's war-battered region of Darfur as part of an international conference seeking ways to boost stability after a decade of violence.

A total of nearly $3.7 billion in long-term aid was announced at the end of the two-day gathering, but the bulk of the money was a contribution by Sudan under a peace accord brokered by Qatar two years ago.

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum. Fighting also erupts between tribes.

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir is accused of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court for attacks in Darfur.

On Sunday, Britain pledged $102 million to Sudan over three years, with about half going to Darfur.

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