July 15, 2005

Bush frees up funds to help Darfur mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush ordered the freeing
up on Friday of Defense Department resources to provide
logistical help to African Union troops struggling to keep the
peace in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

Bush said up to $6 million in equipment and other resources
should be set aside for the Darfur crisis, which he has
characterized as genocide.

The Darfur conflict broke out in February 2003 when rebels
took up arms against the Arab-dominated government. Sudan's
government is accused of arming local Arab militias, who burned
down villages and slaughtered and raped civilians.

Tens of thousands have been killed in Darfur and more than
2 million have been forced to flee their homes.