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United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been "completely burned down, except for a few buildings." The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.

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Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle -- without the necessary funds or mandate -- to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

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