Darfur Conflict Ravages Environment

01/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sudan's Darfur conflict has devastated the environment in the region, stripping forests and destroying farmland, according to a U.N. report.

People caught up in the five-year crisis have cut down large areas of woodland, partly to feed a booming war-fueled construction industry, said a report by the U.N.'s Environment Program (UNEP) seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Tree cover has become so sparse in some areas that Darfuris often have to travel more than 75 km (50 miles) from their camps to find enough wood to sell or use for fuel, it added.

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