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Mukesh Kapila
More than 180,000 people have died in the Darfur conflict since 2003.

Zeinab Badawi talks to Dr Mukesh Kapila, the former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan. He thinks the crisis in Darfur could have been avoided.

The conflict in Darfur has seen at least two hundred thousand people dead, and two million displaced.

The attacks, killing and destruction are reportedly getting worse and have strengthened calls for the UN to take over the peace-keeping operation of the beleaguered African Union there.

Dr Mukesh Kapila was head of the UN mission in Sudan when the Darfur tragedy was unfolding.

He says his pleas for help went unheeded and led to needless deaths.

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