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“They don’t expect to go home soon,” says Dutch photographer Sven Torfinn of the thousands of Sudanese refugees crowded into Camp Mile, 50 kilometers inside the Chadian border. Over the past two years, 1 million people have fled the Darfur region of Sudan, driven out by Arab militias who have killed at least 10,000 in a campaign of ethnic cleansing, rape, and looting. “What we are seeing is a disaster, a catastrophe,” U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said when he visited the region in June, shortly after this photo was taken. He studiously avoided using the word “genocide” to describe a crisis expected to kill as many as 300,000 people, most by hunger or disease, by year’s end. “We can find the right label for it later,” said Powell. The young exile pictured here fled with her three children on foot, reaching a makeshift encampment in the Chadian border town of Tiné, before boarding a Red Cross truck that ferried them to a permanent camp. When Torfinn returned to Tiné two days later, other families had gathered, waiting.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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