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Darfur displaced say disappointed by UN behavior

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March 9, 2009 (NYALA) — The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the war-torn region of Darfur expressed dismay and disarray at the timid reaction of the international community after the expulsion of 13 aid groups that had been providing them with basic services.

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Displaced Darfuris are seen in the town of Gereida, southern Darfur, May 2006.

Last Wednesday hours after the International Criminal Court made public its decision to arrest the Sudanese President, Khartoum ordered 13 foreign aid groups to leave the country accusing them of cooperation with the court.

"Now we begin to doubt the UN’s capacity to implement its resolutions and to impose its will, because the situation is worsening inside the camps and after one week people will die from hunger and thirst," said Abu Sharati, a spokesperson of the IDPs in Darfur.

Describing the alarming situation in Darfur camps, Abu Sharati said children and women have started missing water, food and medical services.

"There will be genocide" he stressed.

There are some 2.7 million IDPs who depended on international assistance since 2004, one year after the beginning of Darfur armed conflict. The expelled organizations have some 6,500 staff, including national staff, composing 40% of the humanitarian workforce.

"These organizations provide a lifeline to 4.7 million people in Darfur alone, and millions more in other areas of Northern Sudan. While some 85 international NGOs operate in Darfur, without these organizations much of the aid operation literally comes to a halt” said the UN agencies in Sudan.

The United Nations’ top humanitarian official said today that the UN continues to strive at all levels to reverse the ordered departure of the 13 groups.

"We have been in touch with the Government of Sudan, at many levels, and indeed with many other key players over the weekend," John Holmes told reporters in New York, adding that the NGOs had been advised to exercise their right of appeal against the decision.

Holmes further said that UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been calling stakeholders and that possibilities include a conversation between him and Al-Bashir "at the right moment."

Neither the UN nor the government, he warned, had the capacity to fill all the gaps left by the departing organizations, who worked in partnership with the UN agencies on the ground.

Yesterday a Sudanese official, Mahdi Qutbi, said there are more than 200 national groups — some of which he said are already working on the ground — which can fill the gap caused by the forced departure of the foreign organizations.

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  • 10 March 2009 10:12, by DAVID N.

    The President of Sudan Omer Al-Bashier should leave the 13 international aid group alone in Darfur, because there will no help either from Khartoum or any other source from Middle East, but all these international aid group will volunteering with no cost, even though a lot of Christian Aid Groups as well.
    I know it is the critical conditions by I.C.C., but these Darfuri lives can’t be replace with Moreno Ocampo’s judgements towards President Al-Bashier’s decisions.
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236269380103&pagename=JPost%2FTPArticle%2FShowFull

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  • 10 March 2009 10:20, by Kon Paul Awenchol

    that’s what Fur people have to witness the so-called president use to visit northern Darfur [Al-fasher]and forget about Southern Fur [Nyala]i congretulate the UN Aids Agencies for their good assistance to the Fur people,please don’t give up,let’s the false government chase you out in SUDAN but make sure that, it is not NCP alone who is the party in Sudan.Darfur displace persons should get calm because the international community will not fall asleep but,is watching you.therefore your life must not be left at stake,get courage and let’s the man face his bitter test.NOTHING ABOVE THE LAW.

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  • 10 March 2009 10:26, by DAVID N.

    Here is:

    www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236269380103&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    "Sudan’s President warns foreigners in Darfur"

    Please check!

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  • 10 March 2009 11:23, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    These suspicious aid workers should be sorted out to go out long time ago immediately after Darfur children abduction scandal to France. By the way kidnapped children were not taken to be educated or just to be saved the ordeal. The purpose behind that dispatch was to supply prostitution industry in Europe with new young African recruits and some of them would be sold in chup-chup market for genuine human body spare parts or be subjected to hazardous medical tests or experiments to find a cure for AIDS.

    They should be expelled long time ago before too late.

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    • 11 March 2009 01:45, by big logic boy

      When South and North Sudan were engaged in civil war, Dafurians were enemies of South Sudan, together with Arabs, it’s said….”thing goes around, come around” let them pay the price that they deserve most.
      Same to Equatorian, again, this people always target for food and that why Anya one movement, Joseph Lago was not a proper leader.
      When Spla was launched in may 16 1983, the Equatorian people jointed together with Arabs regime in the North Sudan fights alongside together with Arabs against their own freedom.

      Now South Sudan is nearly a full independent country, they did not like other tribe to stay with them.
      They always become Anyigat
      Mr famous big_logic_boy

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