Prof: 'Cost of Darfur war estimated at $50 billion'
The costs of the war in Darfur, since its start in 2003, have been estimated at $50 billion.
Prof. Hamed El Tijani, head of the Political Science department at the American University in Cairo informed Radio Dabanga: “This figure does not include the expenses for the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, recruited last year and commanded by the National intelligence and Security Service (NISS)”.
He said that the Sudanese government spends an average of $5 billion a year on the war in Darfur. “This constitutes 23 percent of its national income, while about one percent is spent on the health and education sectors.”
“A research revealed that the military expenditures for Darfur between 2003 and 2009 were about $10 billion.” El Tijani furthermore explained that the production losses in Darfur during this period amount to $7 billion, while losses of life savings reached $2.6 billion, apart from the $11 billion of indirect costs for peacekeeping operations.
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