In Darfur, violence against civilians has resulted in the deaths of around 300,000 civilians and the displacement of 2.7 million people since 2003. The atrocities committed in Darfur are so gruesome that the President of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir, has been charged with perpetrating genocide on his own people by the Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
To date, an estimated 1500-2500 refugees from this conflict have fled to the U.S. Although now safe from the violence, it is apparent that these Darfurians continue to suffer from different kinds of trauma: The medical or psychological trauma directly related to the atrocities they have suffered, the challenges resulting from displacement from their homes, and the difficulties from resettling and adjusting to a new country and society. Many of these refugees have lost family members, possessions, connection to the lands, their way of life, and their community.