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Janjaweed

/ ˈdʒænˌdʒəwɪd /

noun

  1. an armed tribal militia group in the Darfur region of western Sudan


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Janjaweed1

Arabic: a man with a horse and a gun

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Example Sentences

Hilal was famous during the early days of the genocide for his brutal role in mobilizing Janjaweed fighters.

ICC indictee Ali Kosheib came to her village in West Darfur with 16 truckloads of Janjaweed militia in mid-April.

Even Wikipedia lists Ali Kosheib as a “former” Janjaweed commander.

Though he averted his face to tell me this, his wife and children were killed when the Janjaweed raided his village.

The only time he felt nervous was when the Janjaweed militia were a few miles off and the rebels casually lay down to sleep.

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