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The Darfur Stoves Project is now managed by the nonprofit organization, Technology Innovation for Sustainable Societies (TISS). Visit the new Darfur Stoves Project website or the new LBNL Cookstoves Website.

Darfur refugee camp

Reducing the Risk of Rape and Preventing Environmental Degradation With Fuel Efficient Stoves

Since 2003, hundreds of thousands of African Sudanese have been killed in the Darfur region of Sudan. This persecution has also driven another 2.2 million people, the majority of them women and children, into crowded camps that are scattered in arid areas with scarce fuel wood resources. Venturing outside the camps in search of fuel to cook their meals often ends in rape and other forms of violence.

The Darfur Stoves Project, a collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, Engineers Without Borders-USA and others, has developed a fuel-efficient stove that can reduce the need to venture outside the camps — reducing the risk of rape and other violence.

Learn how you can help.

Photo of woman returning to Darfur refugee camp with fuelwood Photo of the widening denudation around refugee camps in Darfur

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