Darfur is located in the west of Sudan in Africa, a region that has been witness to severe violence and unrest from the devastating famine in 1987 to the conflict between the government and the militia including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice for equality movement.
Several aid agencies including the United Nations and Medecins Sans Frontiers have been active in providing relief and medical care for the inhabitants against insurmountable odds. In a land where basic necessities remain scarce the inhabitants turn to alternative ways of seeking protection and health.
Darfur is home to many traditional healers or “Fakis” whose methods are inspired by the verses from the Quran and are highly respected in their communities. Many Fakhis have extensive knowledge of local herbs and plants while others claim to channel spirits within their bodies which possess healing powers.