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Sudan closes down two local aid groups in South Darfur


April 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese security services shut down two humanitarian groups in the capital of South Darfur Nyala and arrested three aid workers from South Sudan this week.

The offices of SUDAN AID and Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) in Nyala were closed down by National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents on Monday morning.

On the same day, the authorities closed the Catholic Church’s clinic which serves civilians and the internally displaced persons who live in the camps surrounding the state capital.

The two Sudanese groups received a notice on Sunday 22 April informing them of the closure and asking to hand over their assets to the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), Sudan’s official body overseeing all aid operation in the country.

The security agents arrested three South Sudanese working with the SUDAN AID and took them to an unknown destination.

Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO UK) condemned in a statement released today the decision of Sudanese authorities to shut down the two local aid groups who have been working in Darfur since 2004.

"SUDO UK sees no legal grounds for such an action taken by NISS and believes that closing these organizations and the clinic will add to the growing suffering of the IDPs in Darfur," the group said.

Following the indictment of President Omer al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court, Sudan decided on 4 March 2009 to expel 13 international aid groups and to close down some local organisations including SUDO.

SUDAN AID and SCC were partners of SUDO and the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), which is still operating in South and Central Darfur.


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  • 26 April 2012 07:32, by Madina Tonj

    You can tell that, such a government should not be allow to exist on earth in this world. Khartoum regime is campaigning against Christians, this is why they asks radical to burned down Churches and burns Bibles, now they are closing Aid on Darfirian people and arrest South Sudanese for what reason.? Southern Sudanese has votes separation because of such racist the Old regime is practices in Sudan

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  • 26 April 2012 07:37, by Daniel Buolmawei

    This is clearly crusade against Christianity beginning the burning of the Church in Khartoum. Sudanese security and intelligent agents hid behind radicals and extremists in the case Church’s burning but it is now clear they are the ones who waging war against Christians in Sudan. Very shortsighted people indeed.

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  • 26 April 2012 07:41, by Akol Liai Mager

    A message to those who have compassions and resources for helping others: If you are still there, Please leave and avoid dangerous locations with your humanitarian assistance for your own safety. There are many suffering Northern Sudanese as well as South Sudanese in the South. So please, come home and provide those assistances at the places where you can be safe in order to continue serving

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  • 26 April 2012 07:42, by Madina Tonj

    Khartoum gov. should know that, any region that has a name of Souths Sudan such as Southern Kordofan, South Blue Nile, South Darfur and South Sudan will have no any good relationship to sitting comfortable in the Sudan. Those brothers have learns more lessons from us, we Southern Sudanese people and the Idea Khartoum regime want to kills people and rule what left by force is not going to happen

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  • 26 April 2012 07:45, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Now, the poor world bodies will perceive Khartoum’s actions against Christians as taken to drive southerners out of Sudan, but they will not see the true side that the campaign is against many Sudanese Christians who are purely Sudanese, and the aim of the campaign is to get rid of Christianity in Sudan and leave the country to be purely Islamic. In what country in our world will look like Sudan?

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    • 26 April 2012 15:31, by mohammed ali

      Daniel ,don’t try to shed tears for christianity so as to gain sympathy and aid from the west. There is no longer any money coming from there.How could be local agencies with foreigners from SS working for them. Let them go to their country there is much more need there than in Darfur! Particulary in Darfur, there is no christians there!

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