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Sudan's Darfur conflict has devastated the environment in the region, stripping forests and destroying farmland, according to a UN report. People caught up in the five-year crisis have cut down large areas of woodland, partly to feed a booming war-fuelled construction industry, said a report by the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP) seen by Reuters on Dec. 10. Tree cover has become so sparse in some areas that Darfuris often have to travel more than 75 kilometers (50 miles) from their camps to find enough wood to sell or use for fuel, it added.

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