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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
Darfur refugee tale: Mosque leader
The crisis in Sudan's Darfur region is often portrayed as a simple conflict between Arabs and Africans, but as the World Food Programme's Greg Barrow discovers, the reality on the ground is much more complex. Baharadin Ibrahim Abdal Gader from Mosai Camp near Nyala in South Darfur told him his story:

Baharadin Ibrahim Abdal Gader, sits beneath a tree in Mosai Camp, South Darfur , Sudan
Mr Gader's village was attacked by another African community

I am 93 years old. I have eight children from my first wife, but she has now died.

My new wife is 27 years old.

I came here on 5 May this year from the village of Galdi, which is six hours' walk away.

I am a mosque leader.

I am from an African community and I am here because my village was attacked by another African group.

We left our village because all our cattle were stolen.

We were living in peace, but this year, people from the Fur and Zagawa came and raided our village four times.

When they came for a fifth time, we chased them back but they returned and attacked us.

We succeeded in beating them off, but then our guns ran out of bullets.

After that, the attackers burnt our village and everything in it.

Then we came here because we had nothing.

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