A recent video report from The New York Times, “Darfur’s Generation X,” explored the fate of young boys who have come of age in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan, a region that has witnessed long and brutal conflict between the pro-government Janjaweed militia and rebel groups.
As some of the 2.7 million people displaced by violence in Darfur, the youth faced hunger and alienation, with little future to anticipate. Now, they have formed an outspoken political group known as the “shabab,” Arabic for “young men.”
Mohamed Adam Yahya is a refugee from Darfur and the founder of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, an organization founded to promote the human rights of Darfuris in exile and in Sudan. He speaks with Daljit Dhaliwal about the current situation in refugee camps and about the motivations and future of the shabab.