Thursday, March 05, 2009

Another humanitarian aid group kicked out of Darfur

The government of Sudan has ordered another humanitarian aid group to leave the country. Leaving the people of Sudan and Darfur without critical aid. Sudan has kicked out 10 such groups already.

The organization Action Against Hunger released a press release about their expulsion. In the release they state grave concern over the people left behind in Sudan. We found the release from Reuters Alert Net.

On Wednesday, 4th March, the Sudanese authorities ordered humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger / Action contre la Faim (ACF) to leave the country. The ACF offices in Khartoum were sealed off and the organisation's programmes throughout Sudan were brought to a halt. ACF deplores this decision and wishes to express its concern about the fate of millions of Sudanese.

ACF has been present in Sudan since 1985, running programmes in food assistance and treatment of malnutrition, as well as providing access to water and sanitation. In 2008, ACF provided assistance to around 450,000 people in Sudan, 80% of which were in Darfur. ACF distributed 800,000 food rations and almost 10,000 tonnes of food in this region, where almost 2.5 million people survive primarily thanks to humanitarian assistance. In addition, 100,000 people in Darfur benefitted from water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.

"If Action Against Hunger has to discontinue its activities in Sudan, 450,000 people will be immediately deprived of emergency assistance and will be left alone to find food and water", says Francois Danel, Executive Director of ACF-France.

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