Darfur was an independent Muslim
sultanate from 1596 until 1916, when the British expelled the Sultan of
Darfur and incorporated the sultanate into Sudan.
Since then Darfur has been ruthlessly administered by the Arab-dominated
government of Sudan, who committed major human rights violations over
the years, targeting the majority non-Arab population of Darfur.
Over 400,000 Darfurians have died in the bloody and tragic war in the
region and dozens of thousands of Darfurians had been driven from their
homes, causing a major humanitarian crisis in the region.
Unfortunately, the response of the international community to this
crisis has been terrible and has had disastrous consequences for the
population of Darfur.
The Transitional Darfur Regional Authority now governs the old sultanate