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Satellite images evoke Amnesty

The United Nations (UN) Security Council should stop the transfer of arms being used to commit mass human rights violations in Darfur. Amnesty International urged while releasing a report based on satellite images showing large-scale destruction of villages in Darfur, Sudan, over the past year.

The satellite photos of a small area in western Darfur, taken in March 2003 and May 2004, vividly demonstrate the pattern of destruction of villages in Darfur by the Janjawid. At least 155 villages bore signs of being burnt between March 2003 and May 2004 — 44% of the villages in the satellite image.

Over the past 15 months, Amnesty International has interviewed hundreds of victims who fled from the area shown in the satellite images. Their experiences of death, destruction, rape and flight illustrate the stark picture of the satellite images.