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Christian NGO goes back into Darfur .

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One month after its convoy was ambushed; World Vision is resuming its aid to Darfurians.

October 19, 2007 Sudan (MNN)― Prospects for an end to violence in Darfur remain bleak, despite a United Nations plan to deploy more troops to the war-torn region.

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There are some 13,000 relief workers are trying to assist nearly four million people affected by violence. The United Nations says attacks on relief workers in Darfur increased 50 per cent between June 2006 and June 2007. That has prompted groups, like World Vision, to temporarily pull out.

One month ago, a World Vision aid convoy was ambushed near a small village in the region. Two World Vision International staff were shot in the head, and a third in the arm. The other staff received minor injuries from glass and shrapnel. All are recuperating well from their injuries, but the incident caused World Vision to temporarily suspend their work until security improved.

World Vision resumed partial operations in Darfur on Saturday. WVI’s Rachel Wolff explains the areas they’re concentrating on. “What we’re doing is focusing on life-saving services, food and health, particularly, scaling down some of our other services, unfortunately, for the time being, but still trying to reach as many of the half a million people that we serve, as possible.”

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World Vision is a Christian Non-Government Organization that’s been well accepted in Darfur . “As a faith-based organization, that’s one way that we can build bridges. They see us, they know that we’re there, motivated by our faith, and that’s how we build bridges with other groups, and that’s the case in Darfur .”

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