Monday, January 8, 2007

Darfur By The Numbers

As you may know, we will be appearing at 7pm Chicago time, on the primary local PBS station, WTTW on the program "Chicago Tonight". In a bid to get some research together before our appearance, I've started looking into some of the statistics behind Darfur, with mixed success.

Gathering statistics about Darfur has been a very difficult problem, owing to poor record keeping, lack of civil society, and ongoing insecurity problems. To some extent, this vagueness has made it a bit more difficult to provide a meaningful basis for discussion of the effectiveness of the government of Sudan in their ethnic cleansing campaign in Darfur over the last four years. These numbers are most certainly approximate, and are intended to be illustrative.

Thus, in the interests of trying to give a sense of scale to the situation in Darfur, I have put together some rough comparisons of the Chicago metro area and the populations affected by the Darfur conflict. For a baseline, the Chicago urban area (more properly called Chicago-Aurora-Elgin-Joliet-Waukegan, IL-IN area) had a total 2000 census population of 8,307,904, versus an estimated population in Darfur of 7.4 million.

To date, the campaigns undertaken by the Sudanese government have accounted for about one in five of the world's "Internally Displaced Persons" - those who have been driven from their homes, most often due to conflict, but have not been able to escape to other countries. Of the roughly 5.5 million people driven from their homes in Sudan, a bit more than half are refugees directly associated with the ethnic cleansing campaign in Darfur. The approximately 3 million people who have had their homes destroyed or have been forced in to relocation camps due to ongoing violence compares with the entire population of Chicago at 2,842,518.

The total number of people killed in the genocide thus far has been estimated at 400,000 to 450,000. However, these numbers date back to about April of 2006. As 10,000-15,000 people are killed each month, current totals may range from 480,000 to a worst-case scenario of 570,000. These numbers are roughly comparable to the population of New Orleans (454,863) or Washington DC (550,521).

Below the fold is a place-by-place comparison of the population of the Chicago metro area and those who have been directly affected by the actions of the Sudanese government in Darfur.

The table below lists the estimated population of places in the Chicago metro area, along with the sizes of affected populations in Darfur. The total of the numbers given here are less than the total number of refugees, as many refugees have not yet chosen to enter refugee camps. Additionally, the list includes Sudanese "Affected Resident Population" (ARP), which are those people in the area who have been adversely affected by the ongoing war (and have higher mortality rates, etc.) but have not yet had the misfortune of being burnt out of their homes, or otherwise being forced to flee. The population of Chadian "Internally Displaced Persons" (IDP) is included in this list, as it consists of those who have become refugees as of the ongoing chaos associated with the large influx of Sudanese
who have fled Darfur, seeking refuge, following the destruction of their homes or other calamities. The population of Chadian ARPs has not been included, as I have not been able to find pertinent statistics. A good map of camp locations in Sudan can be found here.

In the interests of space and relevance, locations with less than 3,000 people are not listed. For sake of comparison, U.S. fatalities in Iraq have just reached 3,000, while 2,819 perished in the attacks of 9/11.

Locations in Africa are listed in bold.

Place NameNotesPopulation
ChicagoThe City That Works
AuroraChicago Suburb168,181
NapervilleChicago Suburb141,579
JolietChicago Suburb136,208
GereidaDarfur Refugees128,000
ElginChicago Suburb98,645
Zalingei AUDarfur Refugees95,069
KalmaDarfur Refugees91,842
WaukeganChicago Suburb91,396
Kass TownDarfur Refugees89,895
CiceroChicago Suburb82,741
EvanstonChicago Suburb75,236
Arlington HeightsChicago Suburb74,620
SchaumburgChicago Suburb72,805
Kutum RuralSudanese ARP71,926
BolingbrookChicago Suburb68,365
PalatineChicago Suburb67,232
MalhaSudanese ARP64,815
SkokieChicago Suburb64,678
Golo AUDarfur Refugees62,060
MorneiDarfur Refugees61,034
Edd El FursanSudanese ARP58,073
Tinley ParkChicago Suburb57,477
Umm KeddadaSudanese ARP56,624
Des PlainesChicago Suburb56,551
Orland ParkChicago Suburb55,461
El Fasher RuralSudanese ARP54,909
WheatonChicago Suburb54,700
Mount ProspectChicago Suburb54,482
Abu ShoukDarfur Refugees54,043
Oak LawnChicago Suburb53,991
NyalaDarfur Refugees52,972
Kebkabiya RuralSudanese ARP52,398
El Daein NorthSudanese ARP52,344
Hoffman EstatesChicago Suburb52,046
BerwynChicago Suburb51,409
Oak ParkChicago Suburb50,757
Umm BaruSudanese ARP49,845
Downers GroveChicago Suburb49,094
Zalingei AUSudanese ARP48,416
SileiaSudanese ARP48,007
MuhajiriaSudanese ARP47,658
Geneina AUSudanese ARP46,044
GlenviewChicago Suburb45,989
ElmhurstChicago Suburb44,976
Ta'ashaSudanese ARP44,162
Tawilla RuralSudanese ARP43,928
Abu Ajura N. - BulbulSudanese ARP43,566
Buffalo GroveChicago Suburb43,115
Kebkabiya TownDarfur Refugees42,926
LombardChicago Suburb42,816
OtashDarfur Refugees41,583
ZamzamDarfur Refugees41,505
Fata BornoSudanese ARP41,416
SayahSudanese ARP41,263
Crystal LakeChicago Suburb40,922
Kutum RuralDarfur Refugees40,768
AdillaSudanese ARP40,594
Carol StreamChicago Suburb40,040
Kass NESudanese ARP39,432
Al SalamDarfur Refugees38,937
BartlettChicago Suburb38,479
Calumet CityChicago Suburb37,795
Tawilla TownDarfur Refugees37,555
Umm Dukhun AUSudanese ARP37,361
StreamwoodChicago Suburb37,312
Hanover ParkChicago Suburb37,229
CarpentersvilleChicago Suburb37,204
Park RidgeChicago Suburb36,983
AddisonChicago Suburb36,811
WheelingChicago Suburb36,641
RomeovilleChicago Suburb36,396
KafordSudanese ARP34,874
El Fasher TownDarfur Refugees34,426
NorthbrookChicago Suburb34,190
WoodridgeChicago Suburb34,058
Elk Grove VillageChicago Suburb34,025
North ChicagoChicago Suburb33,376
NyalaSudanese ARP32,969
MundeleinChicago Suburb32,774
Glendale HeightsChicago Suburb32,465
St. CharlesChicago Suburb32,332
Highland ParkChicago Suburb31,380
Chicago HeightsChicago Suburb31,373
Nertiti AUSudanese ARP30,896
GurneeChicago Suburb30,772
GarsilaDarfur Refugees29,793
Geneina TownDarfur Refugees29,750
Saraf OmraSudanese ARP29,742
NilesChicago Suburb29,330
MershingSudanese ARP29,103
AlgonquinChicago Suburb29,022
Lake in the HillsChicago Suburb28,786
HarveyChicago Suburb28,771
Forabaranga TownSudanese ARP28,558
Mellit TownSudanese ARP28,374
Round Lake BeachChicago Suburb28,253
PlainfieldChicago Suburb28,162
Oak ForestChicago Suburb28,116
BredjingDarfur Refugees27,761
BurbankChicago Suburb27,634
LansingChicago Suburb27,324
Glen EllynChicago Suburb27,193
BataviaChicago Suburb27,172
AbataSudanese ARP27,000
WilmetteChicago Suburb26,922
Kass SouthSudanese ARP26,862
El SireafSudanese ARP26,766
SheariaSudanese ARP26,756
KankakeeChicago Suburb26,642
Forabaranga RuralSudanese ARP26,634
Mellit RuralSudanese ARP26,579
West ChicagoChicago Suburb26,554
Habilla AUDarfur Refugees26,433
Oure CassoniDarfur Refugees26,293
Khor OmerDarfur Refugees25,928
HaskanitaSudanese ARP25,877
MaywoodChicago Suburb25,777
GouroukoumChadian IDPs25,229
Dar El SalamSudanese ARP25,000
Kass TownSudanese ARP25,000
McHenryChicago Suburb24,863
WestmontChicago Suburb24,863
Umm TajoukDarfur Refugees24,753
DoltonChicago Suburb24,504
Elmwood ParkChicago Suburb24,499
Saraf OmraDarfur Refugees24,110
ThurDarfur Refugees24,087
Vernon HillsChicago Suburb23,957
Rolling MeadowsChicago Suburb23,909
Shangil TobayiSudanese ARP23,698
GenevaChicago Suburb23,424
LisleChicago Suburb23,376
OswegoChicago Suburb23,330
RoselleChicago Suburb23,240
New LenoxChicago Suburb23,197
Park ForestChicago Suburb23,036
Krenik AUDarfur Refugees23,020
DreigeDarfur Refugees22,949
Blue IslandChicago Suburb22,788
DarienChicago Suburb22,730
Villa ParkChicago Suburb22,616
Melrose ParkChicago Suburb22,512
KassabDarfur Refugees22,251
Morton GroveChicago Suburb22,202
Kutum TownSudanese ARP22,191
LockportChicago Suburb22,161
TouloumDarfur Refugees22,038
SileiaDarfur Refugees22,031
ArdamataDarfur Refugees22,000
WoodstockChicago Suburb21,985
BloomingdaleChicago Suburb21,924
Jebel SiSudanese ARP21,800
KrindingDarfur Refugees21,793
LibertyvilleChicago Suburb21,760
Kutum TownDarfur Refugees21,740
South HollandChicago Suburb21,552
BielelDarfur Refugees21,440
Lake ForestChicago Suburb21,123
GrayslakeChicago Suburb21,099
KormaSudanese ARP21,071
Umm ShalayaSudanese ARP20,960
South ElginChicago Suburb20,758
AzerniSudanese ARP20,600
BensenvilleChicago Suburb20,514
RyadDarfur Refugees20,062
Sirba AUDarfur Refugees20,059
Lake ZurichChicago Suburb20,045
Evergreen ParkChicago Suburb19,876
Rockero AUDarfur Refugees19,660
Abu SorugDarfur Refugees19,618
BellwoodChicago Suburb19,517
Shangil TobayiDarfur Refugees19,494
DeerfieldChicago Suburb19,471
Crest HillChicago Suburb19,438
Rehedi El BerdiSudanese ARP19,291
CaryChicago Suburb19,115
AlsipChicago Suburb19,072
LabadoSudanese ARP19,000
AmobokoDarfur Refugees18,942
HomewoodChicago Suburb18,917
HijeerDarfur Refugees18,879
DayaDarfur Refugees18,725
Franklin ParkChicago Suburb18,490
BrookfieldChicago Suburb18,462
FarchanaDarfur Refugees18,392
Goz AmerDarfur Refugees18,272
HinsdaleChicago Suburb17,898
HuntleyChicago Suburb17,674
Rockero AUSudanese ARP17,545
MokenaChicago Suburb17,396
Palos HillsChicago Suburb17,258
IridimiDarfur Refugees17,195
El Daein NorthDarfur Refugees17,130
Kherban-TuraSudanese ARP17,071
Kulbus AUDarfur Refugees16,981
Masteri AUSudanese ARP16,979
BourbonnaisChicago Suburb16,875
Country Club HillsChicago Suburb16,534
Umm Kher AUSudanese ARP16,510
Am NabakDarfur Refugees16,504
Beida AUSudanese ARP16,493
Krinding IIDarfur Refugees16,463
Tawilla TownSudanese ARP16,423
Prospect HeightsChicago Suburb16,387
WestchesterChicago Suburb16,177
YaroungoDarfur Refugees15,857
FrankfortChicago Suburb15,819
MattesonChicago Suburb15,675
La GrangeChicago Suburb15,482
MileDarfur Refugees15,362
SheariaDarfur Refugees15,311
Forest ParkChicago Suburb15,197
GildoDarfur Refugees15,182
LemontChicago Suburb15,146
Kebkabiya TownSudanese ARP15,000
Konge DamrasSudanese ARP15,000
BridgeviewChicago Suburb14,933
Round LakeChicago Suburb14,803
DjabalDarfur Refugees14,772
El Daein TownSudanese ARP14,687
RiverdaleChicago Suburb14,588
El Daein WestSudanese ARP14,566
TreguineDarfur Refugees14,421
Hazel CrestChicago Suburb14,415
LindenhurstChicago Suburb14,403
North AuroraChicago Suburb14,394
MukjarDarfur Refugees14,325
Umm BaruDarfur Refugees14,292
NorridgeChicago Suburb14,054
GagaDarfur Refugees14,002
MidlothianChicago Suburb13,949
BradleyChicago Suburb13,812
East JMDarfur Refugees13,800
DogdoreChadian IDPs13,786
Gornie and DebangaDarfur Refugees13,770
Khor AbecheSudanese ARP13,761
Al SherefDarfur Refugees13,758
KounoungoDarfur Refugees13,682
Chicago RidgeChicago Suburb13,668
Kass NWSudanese ARP13,606
Sanam El NagaSudanese ARP13,584
GondjeDarfur Refugees13,555
Hickory HillsChicago Suburb13,542
Wood DaleChicago Suburb13,419
WarrenvilleChicago Suburb13,217
Mellit TownDarfur Refugees13,169
Nertiti AUDarfur Refugees13,081
Richton ParkChicago Suburb12,998
Habilla AUSudanese ARP12,988
MorrisChicago Suburb12,939
BindisDarfur Refugees12,928
La Grange ParkChicago Suburb12,726
JusticeChicago Suburb12,692
Kulbus AUSudanese ARP12,568
Palos HeightsChicago Suburb12,561
AdillaDarfur Refugees12,542
Western SpringsChicago Suburb12,530
Beach ParkChicago Suburb12,486
GereidaSudanese ARP12,466
WinnetkaChicago Suburb12,452
AntiochChicago Suburb12,353
LadobSudanese ARP12,327
MarkhamChicago Suburb12,304
ChannahonChicago Suburb12,218
SanidadiSudanese ARP12,193
ShorewoodChicago Suburb12,114
LincolnwoodChicago Suburb12,026
Dar El SalamDarfur Refugees12,000
Donki DeresaDarfur Refugees12,000
MontgomeryChicago Suburb11,959
Forabaranga TownDarfur Refugees11,880
Schiller ParkChicago Suburb11,597
El FerdousDarfur Refugees11,531
MuhajiriaDarfur Refugees11,500
JoghanaSudanese ARP11,498
NorthlakeChicago Suburb11,358
River ForestChicago Suburb11,289
MorneiSudanese ARP11,216
CrestwoodChicago Suburb11,207
Sirba AUSudanese ARP11,195
East JMSudanese ARP11,000
LadobDarfur Refugees10,972
ManawashiDarfur Refugees10,969
Burr RidgeChicago Suburb10,949
WaucondaChicago Suburb10,903
YorkvilleChicago Suburb10,791
Fox LakeChicago Suburb10,736
Sauk VillageChicago Suburb10,486
LyonsChicago Suburb10,466
HabileChadian IDPs10,424
StegerChicago Suburb10,409
SummitChicago Suburb10,348
River GroveChicago Suburb10,216
BarringtonChicago Suburb10,179
Umm Kher TownDarfur Refugees10,000
Donki DeresaSudanese ARP10,000
AdeChadian IDPs10,000
WinfieldChicago Suburb9,844
Umm ShalayaDarfur Refugees9,798
Birkat SeiraDarfur Refugees9,790
Sania AfanduSudanese ARP9,548
Tawilla RuralDarfur Refugees9,416
Nomadic damraSudanese ARP9,401
FlossmoorChicago Suburb9,390
HarvardChicago Suburb9,104
DortiDarfur Refugees9,003
Sania AfanduDarfur Refugees9,000
GlencoeChicago Suburb8,979
WillowbrookChicago Suburb8,893
KornoiDarfur Refugees8,862
Oak BrookChicago Suburb8,835
CreteChicago Suburb8,772
Al Salam (Nyala)Darfur Refugees8,687
El Daein WestDarfur Refugees8,678
GlenwoodChicago Suburb8,663
Lake VillaChicago Suburb8,492
RiversideChicago Suburb8,485
ItascaChicago Suburb8,444
Island LakeChicago Suburb8,419
Sugar GroveChicago Suburb8,416
MinookaChicago Suburb8,403
Clarendon HillsChicago Suburb8,397
Kondobe AUDarfur Refugees8,360
Harwood HeightsChicago Suburb8,188
Calumet ParkChicago Suburb8,124
University ParkChicago Suburb8,102
MantenoChicago Suburb7,955
GarsilaSudanese ARP7,920
West DundeeChicago Suburb7,875
BroadviewChicago Suburb7,856
Long GroveChicago Suburb7,833
HillsideChicago Suburb7,771
LynwoodChicago Suburb7,655
MarenaChadian IDPs7,400
MarengoChicago Suburb7,381
InvernessChicago Suburb7,343
PlanoChicago Suburb7,338
JugumaDarfur Refugees7,300
Orland HillsChicago Suburb7,273
Hawthorn WoodsChicago Suburb7,176
Winthrop HarborChicago Suburb7,090
Umm TajoukSudanese ARP6,960
LincolnshireChicago Suburb6,841
El SireafDarfur Refugees6,791
Park CityChicago Suburb6,775
DitoSudanese ARP6,672
Umm KeddadaDarfur Refugees6,541
AdreChadian IDPs6,441
North RiversideChicago Suburb6,382
RobbinsChicago Suburb6,375
YassinDarfur Refugees6,352
BraidwoodChicago Suburb6,320
Krenik AUSudanese ARP6,318
JohnsburgChicago Suburb6,277
Lake BluffChicago Suburb6,251
BoldungSudanese ARP6,246
Round Lake ParkChicago Suburb6,224
Willow SpringsChicago Suburb6,011
WilmingtonChicago Suburb5,957
SekeleDarfur Refugees5,915
StickneyChicago Suburb5,899
DumaDarfur Refugees5,893
Arara VCDarfur Refugees5,845
CountrysideChicago Suburb5,831
NorthfieldChicago Suburb5,543
Mellit RuralDarfur Refugees5,497
HighwoodChicago Suburb5,468
Spring GroveChicago Suburb5,303
Sania DelebaSudanese ARP5,249
Abu JabraDarfur Refugees5,246
SisiDarfur Refugees5,175
Coal CityChicago Suburb5,170
ManhattanChicago Suburb5,169
LakemoorChicago Suburb5,085
Fox River GroveChicago Suburb5,084
Lake BarringtonChicago Suburb5,033
BerkeleyChicago Suburb5,006
PosenChicago Suburb4,929
Stone ParkChicago Suburb4,905
AdjizChadian IDPs4,899
GilbertsChicago Suburb4,869
El FerdousSudanese ARP4,766
Palos ParkChicago Suburb4,757
MoneeChicago Suburb4,629
Birkat SeiraSudanese ARP4,492
Kango HarazaSudanese ARP4,453
Arara VCSudanese ARP4,412
DwightChicago Suburb4,360
BuramDarfur Refugees4,263
Barrington HillsChicago Suburb4,258
HometownChicago Suburb4,241
ElburnChicago Suburb4,236
RiverwoodsChicago Suburb4,100
BurnhamChicago Suburb4,080
HampshireChicago Suburb4,077
RosemontChicago Suburb4,037
BorotaChadian IDPs4,007
KildeerChicago Suburb4,004
TulusDarfur Refugees4,000
Umm Kher TownSudanese ARP4,000
PeotoneChicago Suburb3,981
South BarringtonChicago Suburb3,935
Green OaksChicago Suburb3,914
KulkulSudanese ARP3,882
South Chicago HeightsChicago Suburb3,873
DixmoorChicago Suburb3,813
HainesvilleChicago Suburb3,765
HijeerSudanese ARP3,734
Sleepy HollowChicago Suburb3,695
Indian Head ParkChicago Suburb3,656
WadsworthChicago Suburb3,651
Umm LabassaSudanese ARP3,605
Masteri AUDarfur Refugees3,595
LakewoodChicago Suburb3,502
MarlaSudanese ARP3,477
KubumSudanese ARP3,355
Kango HarazaDarfur Refugees3,327
Ford HeightsChicago Suburb3,294
Abu MatariqDarfur Refugees3,292
Jemeza KomeraDarfur Refugees3,285
Mossai BDarfur Refugees3,273
Mossai BDarfur Refugees3,273
Deer ParkChicago Suburb3,253
Beida AUDarfur Refugees3,227
North BarringtonChicago Suburb3,207
YassinSudanese ARP3,180
East DundeeChicago Suburb3,138
JoghanaDarfur Refugees3,100
MomenceChicago Suburb3,066
NE AreaChadian IDPs3,000



good year

LTC John said...

I was an Assistant State's Attorney in Kane County - so folks felt, occassionally, that we should abandon Elgin and Aurora...

Good to see you made it back in one piece!