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Eastern Sudan “on verge of famine” due to ban on aid groups

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June 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A political group from eastern Sudan has warned that the government’s decision to suspend activities of seven foreign aid groups is rendering the already impoverished region on “the verge of famine.”

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Photo of a Beja tribesman in eastern Sudan (Jeffrey GettlemanThe New York Times)

Sudanese authorities announced on Tuesday last week a decision to ban the activities of seven foreign aid organizations in the three states of eastern Sudan region: Kassala; Red Sea and Gadaref, citing infractions they allegedly committed in the course of projects implemented in the region.

The seven groups targeted by the decision are Accord, Goal, Triangle, Save the Children, Plan Sudan, Malo, a British demining group, and a Japanese aid group.

However, Sudanese officials gave conflicting statements on the fate that awaits these groups, with one saying he expects them to be expelled and another saying they have been given a one-month period to correct their situation.

The Beja Congress Party (BCP), an eastern Sudanese political group, on Sunday criticized the suspension and cast doubts on the reasons that the authorities used to justify it.

BCP’s political secretary, Salah Barkwayn, told the daily Sudanese newspaper Al-Sahafah that the decision was “hasty and unfortunate.” He added that he believes it was due to other reasons which should be disclosed.

Sudanese authorities are deeply suspicious of foreign aid groups. In July 2009, Khartoum expelled 13 international aid organizations from the country’s western region of Darfur on the accusation of spying for the International Criminal Court (ICC) following its issuance of an arrest warrant against President Al-Bashir.

Khartoum has also been blocking aid groups from accessing rebel-controlled areas in the country’s southern state of South Kordofan, citing concerns that these groups would use their aid to the benefit of the insurgents.

Barkwayn said that the presence of these groups in eastern Sudan is a “necessity” given the already deteriorating situation in the region. He pointed out that the price of sorghum has increased to 300 Sudanese pounds [around 70 US dollars] per sack in various parts of the region.

"The decision comes at a time when the government is unable to fight poverty and famine from which the people of the east suffer, making them on the verge of famine" he warned.

The BCP official urged the authorities to sit down and discuss the situation with these groups instead of expelling them.

Eastern Sudan is one of the least developed regions in the country. Drought and illegal migration from neighboring Eritrea have radically altered ways of living in the region and attracted humanitarian activities.

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  • 4 June 2012 12:02, by talentboy2

    look at this hungry Bejans, i feel sorry for them, they will be next arab slave trust me or they been enslaves illegally already under islamic law.

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    • 4 June 2012 13:22, by Lang

      mohammed, Jalaby, Northern idiots go feed your people

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  • 4 June 2012 12:03, by Jeti

    Yesterday you expelled all the aid groups, and now you’re excitingly reporting famine in the region.

    Ruthless regime of NCP!

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  • 4 June 2012 12:29, by Majongdit

    Now where are those of Northern Sudanese and Jalaby?

    Propaganda has its limits but reality remains the same.NCP is ravaging that country while the public is constantly fooled and misinformed. Famine is a lot worse than hunger.And in an arid country with no agricultural potential that can be very serious. Aid agencies should be allowed back to resume their duties and help the people of ES. Beja

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  • 4 June 2012 13:30, by Northern Sudanese

    These are just baseless statements

    it is better to die then to be fed by foreigners. Sudan is currently witnessing a great jump in its agricultural sector. specially east sudan which is bordering Aljazeera state agricultural plan.

    NCP isn’t that stupid XD

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    • 4 June 2012 13:53, by Aaban

      Ahaha you was brought up by lairs and feed with lairs from your mother and there is no day that you will accepted your looming to doom, coward ja’alinain are master mind of lairs and cover up, good on you, but the bad things is that you are not in the country otherwise you would have know exactly what is happening in Sudan,

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    • 4 June 2012 16:33, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,

      You have very good message from ISrael. Please read it below:

      4 June 03:36, by Isme
      Greeting from Israel to mr Northern sudanese, My advice to you mr northern dig your grave and don’t forget to tell your friends please, Beacuse getting rid of Israel is like jumping into burning fire. Second to that we people of Irael we’re not abussive like arab to spit in people face, y

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    • 4 June 2012 16:42, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,

      Good message for you from Israel. Read it:

      4 June 03:36, by Isme
      Greeting from Israel to mr Northern sudanese, My advice to you mr northern dig your grave and don’t forget to tell your friends please, Beacuse getting rid of Israel is like jumping into burning fire. Second to that we people of Irael we’re not abussive like arab to spit in people face, yes we don’t need fo

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      • 4 June 2012 23:49, by Mohamed

        Very funny...I think Israelis at least have better grammar than this.
        Please do a grammar test and then say that an Israeli wrote this.
        They are currently trying to get rid of the South Sudanese in Israel.
        The only country that took you in is North Sudan when Southerners were killing each other. You should be thankful to the North Sudanese.

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        • 5 June 2012 02:15, by South South

          Mohammed or Allah or anything,

          Israel is a very close friend to South Sudan. If you do not like it swallow it hard. Israel has been and still supplying South Sudan with guns to kick black Arab out from South Sudan. Stop lying about the treatment people of South Sudan received from North Sudan. Stop it.Black Arabs are horrible people.

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    • 4 June 2012 22:49, by DeltaBravo

      TO NORTHERN

      WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN BASELESS STATEMENT. YOU FAKE ARAB DON’T CARE ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS SUDANESE TRIBES. FOR EXAMPLE. NUBA MOUNTAIN, BLUE NILE, DARFUR, EASTERN SUDAN. THAT IS WHY SPLA DON’T KILL SAF POW, BECAUSE THOSE WHO ARE SEND TO FIGHT SPLA ARE NOT FAKE ARAB LIKE YOU. WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE POOR SUDANESE FROM OTHERS TRIBES.

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  • 4 June 2012 13:51, by realperson

    WARNING THE GOVT IS NOTHING BUT TO TAKE ARMS AND FIGHT FOR UR RIGHT.JOIN HANDS WITH SRF AND CHANGE THIS TERRORIST REGIME.

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