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Qatar Pledges $500 Million For Darfur

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Young child resting in a tent under a mosquito net in a refugee camp offering some safety from the war in Darfur, Sudan which has left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead. | Getty Images

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar is pledging $500 million 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.

Monday's promise follows Qatar's drive to strengthen peace efforts brokered by the Gulf nation two years ago. The official Qatar News Agency said Darfur funding pledge opened a donors' conference in the capital, Doha.

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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