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2004: US Declares Genocide in Darfur, Sudan

2004: US Declares Genocide in Darfur, Sudan

A man who fled the violence in Darfur, Sudan, in Touloum refugee camp in Chad.

Testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 9, 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that “genocide has been committed in Darfur.” Though the United Nations and other governments agreed on the scale of atrocities being committed against civilians, they did not declare them “genocide.”

Photo: US Holocaust Memorial Museum.