I'm reading a text on the violence in Darfur and I'm trying to write some comments about it. Would you please correct my English and comment about the relevance of my remarks? I have underlined the words / expressions that I'm not sure about.
"The Janjaweed are
① paramilitaries, members of an illegal group that is organized like an army /
② independent and illegitimately armed gunmen in Darfur /
③ an organization that operates like an army but whose members are not professional soldiers.
The Janjaweed’s role is to
① assist / give a hand to (?) the Sudanese land and air forces in fighting the rebel groups /
② defeat the rebel groups in conjunction with the Sudanese armed forces
and regain the territories lost to them [lost to whom? not clear] some years before.
They terrorize the local population using fierce, barbaric, merciless methods, obeying no military code / ethic (?), fearing neither God nor man (?)ok.
The governmental operation / intervention Government operations are aimed at defending the villagers, without the help of any militia, from the rebel groups close to the Chad government. The rebels have been attacking innocent civilians to conquer more territories, [omit this] preventing humanitarians from doing their job [that's too vague, what can I say instead ?humanitarian organizations from assisting the victims of the conflicts] and UN forces from protecting the region (?ok), notably by stealing their vehicles and equipment.
Witnesses say that though the rebels represented a real danger to the civilians, the army did not protect the population from them since their intervention came well after the rebels had gone / left. Instead, they had called for the support of the illegitimate armed group, the Janjaweed, which has no other strategy (?ok) than decimating whole villages, killing whoever is in their way no matter their sex or age ok, and stealing all their goods and possessions."
I'm still working on the text so I may well come back to you with other questions if you wouldn't mind.
Thank you for your help.
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