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Sudan revokes licenses of 26 aid groups in Darfur, warns dozen others

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January 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) –The Sudanese government announced today that it has revoked the licenses of 26 relief groups operating in Darfur while warning 13 others that they must conform to the country’s laws within 30 days or face the same fate.

Displaced Sudanese women and children wait their turn for medical treatment at Zamzam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher (WP)Sudan official news agency (SUNA) carried a decree by the government’s registrar for the of Voluntary and Charitable Organizations Ahmed Mohamed Adam saying that the decision was taken in line with the laws governing the work of aid groups in addition to agreements between the government of Sudan and these organizations.

The determination also came upon a review of the reports submitted by the assessment teams of the specialized technical departments of the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the decree said.

The following groups have their licenses cancelled according to the decree; 1- Prospect Sudan 2- Counterpart International 3- Feed the Children 4- Food for the Hungry 5- Safe Harbor 6- The Halo Trust 7- Right to Play 8- Air Serve 9- Mercy International 10- Global Peace Mission 11- Population Media Centre 12- Sudanese International Development and Relief Association (SIDRA) 13- Royal Dutch Aid 14- Canadian Association for African Development 15- SPEG- Holland 16- Norwegian League for Disabled 17- African Association for Development 18- Health Assistance for Children (HAFC) 19- Nabata Charitable Foundation 20- Impact 21- Cins- Italy 22- Ulfa Aid 23- Joint Projects Organization 24- Arabic Centre for Immigrant Labors 25- Tomp/Germany 26- Human Relief and Peace.

According to Adam, the abovementioned groups “have not carried out any activities” and failed to renew their annual permits or submit required reports.

The second set of organizations received an unspecified warning to adjust status in accordance with the law but no details were furnished. They include Stromme Foundation 2. Veterinaraires Sans Forntieres- Germany 3. Planned Parenthood 4. (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Area(ICARDA 5. Deniz Feneri 6. International Blue Crescent Relief 7. Handicap International 8. (Education Action International (Former was University Services Org 9. Movimondo 10. Sudanese Mothers for Peace 11. Panos Sudan 12. Eritrean Islamic Relief 13. One Earth.

In a related development a study made by Belgian scientists published in The Lancet medical journal said that the overwhelming majority of deaths in Darfur can be attributed to diseases such as diarrhea.

According to Reuters, the researchers said their results showed that any reduction in humanitarian aid can cause deaths rates to increase sharply.

Last year, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir ordered more than a dozen aid groups out of Darfur after his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Adequate humanitarian assistance to prevent and treat these potentially fatal diseases is essential," Degomme and Guha-Sapir wrote. "The full effect of the expulsion of non-governmental organizations from Darfur is still not known, but the increased mortality rate during a period of reduced humanitarian deployment in 2006 suggests that we should fear the worst”.

"More than 80 percent of excess deaths were not a result of the violence," said Olivier Degomme and Debarati Guha-Sapir of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of disasters in Brussels.

They said a violent peak in early 2004 was followed by "protracted phase of increased disease-related" deaths caused by people living in conditions of unsanitary conditions with little or no healthcare infrastructure.

The United Nations experts say at least 300,000 people have died from the combined effects of war, famine and disease in Darfur, and that some 2.7 million are displaced by the seven year conflict.

(ST)

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  • 22 January 2010 07:36, by Kur

    Decree, decree, decree, the endless cycle of mad men exercising the cruelty of their ill minds. Let wait and see whether an elected government will still use these primitive ways of ruling Sudan.

    Kur

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    • 22 January 2010 09:13, by Abednego Majack Macharial

      Dear all Sudanese,

      It is a clear indication that the NCP led government in Khartoum agenda on Darfur was a real genocide by denying NGOs the license to poerate in Darfur. I call upon all marginalise masses in Sudan, from South to far North of Dongola and from East to Darfur to come out all and vote for SPLM candidate Yassir Arman to end this autocratic rule of Bashir and his elites in Khartoum. Also my sympathy goes to the displaced people of Darfur. May God bring change in Sudan this year. Another message to JEM and SLM Abdel Wahid faction, please don’t allow yourself to be fooled into negative peace before you see the condition of your fellow Darfuris has improve in the IDPs camps. Vote for Change, Vote for Lasting Peace, Vote for Freedom, Vote for Equality, Vote for Justice, Vote for SPLM, Vote for Yassir Arman.

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  • 22 January 2010 09:05, by hanila

    This is an absolute disgrace, honestly the international community must ACT soon for the sake of the people of Darfur who have the right to life.

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    • 22 January 2010 10:03, by Saaid Nafe

      I don’t agree with you all who comment above, because you want those NGO to work as they like without any monitoring as in the southern Sudan where by thousands of NGO are moving up and down without any activities. My advice to Goss to make an Office with good and intelligent personal to screen and analysis all the NGO activities hovering in the south doing nothing. We should not condemns people who are series monitoring their own region properly while leaving ours open to any criminal claiming that they have an organization meanwhile moving in the country without any humanitarian activities and assistant.
      Believe me or not they are so many doing nothing moving in the eyes of our responsible people.

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      • 22 January 2010 19:53, by Akim A. Gatluak

        What the Sudan’s NCP is doing is their old Arabic Saying of " Use the Slave to Kill the Slave". Southerner are being used here. NCP is killing the Poor Darfurian by the means of starvation while Southers watch just like they were doing to the Southerners and Darfurian watch.
        Why would someone want to revoke the licence of an organization which is there to help the weak? Those people in Darfur need everything from Food, Shelter, Medicine, Security and much more. Why would the Government wants to feed these people whom it is sworn to kill anyway? It is not upto the Sudan Government, its the UN’s. If the UN allow this to go on, then they are not doing their job properly. Sudanese are being run by fugitives. El Bashir that is.

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    • 22 January 2010 10:21, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Dear Darfurians and Sudanese at large, it has been well known that the govt of Bashir is entitled the "genocidal" one. People across Sudan suffer from his dictatorship ruling. Time has now come to change such a governance, let,s not vote for any kind of people like him otherwise we can continue facing much more problems. Sudan for peace, tranquillity and harmony is at the door of suffering people. We better start celebrating this golden opportunity and keeping
      it in mind that we must change the system of this chaotic and idiot leadership.

      Thanks.

      Shadrack Nuer Machut.

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    • 22 January 2010 10:27, by Kon Paul Awenchol

      The political impasse that the NCP has been going along are madness in diversity of political arena in Sudan,the explusion of 26 aids group in Western Sudan of Darfur will not be a solution to the ICC rule on the incumbent Omer Bashir.the pool of wrong regime will soon get into dustbin or thrown away by the community of Sudan rather than to act in such away that does not recognized the whole community of Sudan.no body or any body in NCP has been doing good to the community of Sudan,the regime that has divided the community into tribal division and cuases many clashes among the community,the government of self interest that has box down every system in Sudan.the UN security council should act immediately to solves that problem cuase by poor governance in Sudan,Bashir is apresident of dead and refugee people.Where is the UN secretary and the African organization unity to see and solves the madness of Omer? the international community should get involves to rescue the life of Fur people in Western Sudan.the rotten fruits are madness of their wrong political approch to kill their young one,brothers,fathers and mothers,Bashir doesn’t know that, there is community in Sudan. THE VICTORY WILL REMAIN TO THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR,DR:KHALIL, ADHAL WEED.AND THE OTHERS FACTIONS IN DARFUR,to seek for your right is God almighty bill and IF FACTS ARE THE PEOPLE KILLERS THEN,FUR COMMUNITY SHOULD DIE FOR THEIR RIGHT,WEALTH SHARING,FREEDOM,PEACE AND HARMONY.

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  • 22 January 2010 10:44, by Omer Hassan Omer

    As said early that the genocide government have started renewing its criminality among Darfruians after kill them and destroy the entire villages and resettle the Arable who come from outside the country and then expulses the 13 NGOs without any clear justification what is happing now it is really new policy to eradicate survivors of Darfur war ( Black Africans) which called slow killing in the camps and from here we call international community to take serious action against this government as soon as possible

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  • 23 January 2010 01:04, by Time1

    NGOs who are sitting idol consumer aid money should be sent home , the ones that know how to do work for the population and minimize corruption should stay.

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