31st August 2005 Heavily armed SLA (Sudan Liberation Army/Movement) fighters sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, close to the village of Bir Meza, 50 km north-west of Kutum in northern Darfur, Sudan. They are armed with an assortment of weapons, including Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles.
Darfur had been at war since February 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups began fighting the government of Sudan, which they accused of oppressing Darfur's non-Arab population. The government responded to attacks by carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Darfur's non-Arabs. This resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the indictment of Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.