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May 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) has ordered seven foreign aid groups to suspend their humanitarian activities in eastern Sudan following the findings of an assessment study reporting infractions they allegedly committed.

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Refugee girls play during a visit by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres to the Shagarab Eritrean Refugees camp at Kassala in East Sudan January 12, 2012. (Reuters)

Eastern Sudan, which suffers from underdevelopment and marginalisation, is one of the poorest regions in the country where drought has caused many to abandon traditional nomadic lifestyles. Illegal immigration and refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea have attracted humanitarian groups to the region.

Sudan’s Humanitarian commissioner Suleiman Abdel Rahman on Thursday issued a decision ending the humanitarian activities of the seven aid groups in the three states of Eastern Sudan region: Kassala; Red Sea and Gadaref states.

The ban was based on a report prepared by a federal committee that conducted a field assessment of the projects implemented by these groups.

The aid groups concerned by this decision include Accord, Goal, Triangle, save the Children, Plan Sudan, Malo, a British demining group, and a Japanese aid group.

In July 2009, the Sudanese authorities expelled 13 international aid groups working in Darfur accusing them of cooperation and false reports to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for President Omer Al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Since then, the government has suspected humanitarian groups have been suspected by the government of plotting against the regime, being linked to foreign intelligence agencies and supporting rebel groups.

Since June 2011, Khartoum has refused to allow aid group to access rebel held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The authorities say rebel fighters will benefit from the humanitarian assistance.

The officer of voluntary activities, at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Ammar Bachari stated Thursday that foreign aid groups in Eastern Sudan exceeded their license and roles. He further expected a decision by the Presidency of the Republic to expel them during the next few days.

However, HAC’s chief, in his decision, gave the groups one month to reconcile their position. If they fail the authorities will not renew their licenses and they will have to stop their activities.

Earlier in May, addressing a rally organised in Port Sudan to provide support to the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie denounced calls for the return of NGOs to South Kordofan and described them as "trumpeters of conspiracy".

"Those who covet that foreign aid groups have a foothold in the East (Sudan) they should know there is no place for them," he further said.

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  • 1 June 2012 10:01, by Jeti

    So long as the childless president called Bashir or Bitchson is in power in Sudan, Sudanese people will not be in peace in their lives. What a ruthless human being!

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    • 1 June 2012 10:13, by talentboy2

      The beja people will suffer greatly follow by the departure of south Sudan, the will be next victim of regime in Khartoum.
      quest what, Sudan will be reunited soon, 10-20 years later, after south economic strong and her culture, the will return and help their brothers in the east and all Sudan. the regime will convert the population to islam like they did in Darfur and later deny their religion

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      • 1 June 2012 10:19, by SEE ME

        talentboy2

        RSS begged QATAR for 200 million dollars

        QATAR is supporting DARFUR with 2000 million dollrs based on Dr. SISSI’s peace aggrement in DOHA.

        EAST SUDAN is getting 1000 millions from ARAB GULF COUNTRIES

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        • 1 June 2012 10:34, by Observer

          See Me,

          Saying you are going to get money from donors is one thing..actually getting it is another. So far none of the pledged money has been received...

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        • 1 June 2012 16:06, by Joseph Canada

          YO, WE ARE OKEY. WE HAVE BEEN SURVIVING SINCE 1956 WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT FROM THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT. WHAT WILL MAKE US TO SUFFER?
          SOUTH SUDAN IS A RICH AND RESOURCEFUL STATE BY NATURE. THE MOUNTAINS AND THE NILE HABE BLESSS US. SO WE ARE GOOD.

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    • 1 June 2012 10:21, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      This is a terrorist act, they do not care of human being,the only thing is the regime change by the youth in Khartoum or any brave state within Sudan.
      As far as Omer is still in power many will suffered especially the refugees from the two nations Ethiopis and Ereatria.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 1 June 2012 10:51, by SEE ME

        okucu pa lotinokwan

        Ask SPLA/M, NUER and DINKA BOR to stop their GENOCIDES of MURLE first.

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    • 1 June 2012 10:21, by Ayom Dor

      This cannot happen infront of international community, this govt of Khartoum initially killed, raped and destroyed homes of poor Darfurians who were deceived by Islamic ideologies. And now, they want this people of Eastern Sudan to starve again! This is crime of high degree committed against humanity! Someone must stop barbaric acts of Khartoum!!

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    • 1 June 2012 12:42, by Johndumo14

      Sudan president Omar al-Bashir says no more talks with SOUTH SUDAN.Again he said he want peace with S.sudan, which one is right?

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    • 1 June 2012 12:47, by Johndumo14

      Why can`t SPLA take another sudan teritory? If khartoum take Abyei or Panthou,SPLA must take kosti or nyala,or any town tit for tat!! This can be the only way to solve land grabing!!
      SPLA must not listen to UN,or AU, and others

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  • 1 June 2012 10:05, by Johndumo14

    This policy of khartoum divide and rule is not new!! Sud means black,Sudan is for black people,these people are the same!!
    See the nuba ,dafur,and the people of blue nile ,even in khartoum ,most people are black,it is a pitty to khartoum leaders to send people to south sudan as foreigners,these people are one ,they can decide where they can stay.How can you call people in their own country foreign

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  • 1 June 2012 10:05, by SEE ME

    I request all DARFURIANS to let MSF and CRS drink the urine of our cows.

    That will be the best medical treatment for them to stop "divide & rule" among DARFURIANS

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    • 1 June 2012 10:13, by SEE ME

      1984-1985 president ROLAND REGAN was very objective in handling the famine crisis in DARFUR.

      He helped all DARFURIANS as one big family.

      But the idiots of the internationl NGOs who are spies of GOs must be watched and kicked immediately before immplementing their wickedness among Sudanese peoples.

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      • 1 June 2012 10:27, by Jeti

        See Me,

        You are just another idiot from Darfur who does not know the root cause of the Sudanese problems!
        Who is Ronald Reagan to you? Why can you talk of your wicked impotent president, Bashir?
        Instead of applauding kicking out of all humanitarian aid groups in Sudan, why can you come together and kick out Bashir?

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        • 1 June 2012 10:37, by SEE ME

          Jeti

          Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

          Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

          I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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    • 1 June 2012 10:19, by talentboy2

      SEE ME,
      now you are talking, the right way, you have been sideing with criminal who brutal almost kill a millions in darfur and the east. Now south sudan will rescue you in long run not now but will help you in many ways. Like in warrap state, there are so many darfur people who do business and live without being decriminated against for religion or being former fighters of islam against south sud

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      • 1 June 2012 10:35, by SEE ME

        Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

        Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

        I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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      • 1 June 2012 10:44, by SEE ME

        talentboy2

        Original DARFURIANS don’t need tiny help from SPLA/M the VIRUS.

        Only "FAKE" DARFURIANS like SLM and JEM are blind followers to SPLA/M

        Why SPLA/M planned for the civil war in DARFUR?

        Why SPLA/M instructed SLM and JEM to commit genocides in villages and camps of BUDWINS in DARFUR while SAF was in big cities at that time?

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        • 1 June 2012 13:03, by talentboy2

          SEE ME,
          I know you are one of the regime supporter and blind to their people.

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          • 1 June 2012 13:42, by SEE ME

            talentboy2

            Iam not member of NCP and not blind supporter to them.

            I don’t need and accept any position with GOS.

            What I collected from outside is more than enough for me and family.

            What about you the begger of SPLA/M?

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  • 2 June 2012 03:57, by Zionist

    Darfuris have got their SLM and JEM, Nuba Mountains and Blue Niles their SPLA-N; however, the Beja people need to have their own movement and fight for their rights against the domination of the NCP regime, if we can do it, so can the Beja.

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