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Sudan to close down Darfur IDP camps in early 2010: official


November 10, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government will begin closing down the camps for the displaced population in war torn region of Darfur next year, a senior official said today.

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Displaced Sudanese women and children seeking medical treatment line up outside the Egyptian military field hospital at Abu Shouk refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan Thursday, March 26, 2009 (AP)

Speaking to the UN sponsored Miraya FM radio the humanitarian aid commissioner Hasabu Abdel-Rahman said that the Sudanese government has plans to close down displaced camps in the greater Darfur region by early 2010.

The independent Al-Sahafa newspaper quoted Abdel-Rahman as saying that his ministry is implementing a policy of “converting the aid money to a service program to rehabilitate villages through gradual transformation to construction stages”.

The Sudanese official disclosed that the government is building 20,000 housing units for the IDP’s in the capital towns of El-Fasher, El-Geneina and Nyala.

He added that the IDP’s will be given two choices either move to their villages or to the new housing complexes but did not specify the consequences for rejecting the options.

Sudanese officials have long stated that they intend to assert the authority of the state by dismantling the IDP camps but previous attempts led by former spy chief Salah Gosh, defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, former interior minister Al-Zebeir Bashir Taha and former state minister for humanitarian affairs Ahmed Haroun, have failed due to resistance from the camp residents.

Darfur rebel groups today reacted angrily to the government’s announcement.

“The government wants to send our people back to the same places they fled from so that they can get killed again under the whole world eyes” Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur leader of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) told Sudan Tribune.

“I want to remind the government that international conventions prohibit forcing IDP’s to repatriate” he added.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) spokesperson Ahmed Hussein said the move is a “cover-up for a new crime the government intends to commit similar to the one in Kalma camp [August 2008 killings of IDP’s by government troops]. It is classic of them to do so”.

“This is clearly and unequivocally a war crime what they are trying to do. They are taking advantage of the world easing pressure on them and Hasabu himself is a security officer not a humanitarian one worst than Haroun” Hussein added.

The JEM official urged the international community to intervene and press Khartoum to reverse its decision.

The UN says up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million fled their homes since ethnic minority rebels in the western region of Darfur first rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum in February 2003.

The Sudanese government disputes the death toll saying 10,000 people died.


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  • 11 November 2009 06:33, by Dinka Boy

    The government of Northen Sudan want to make sense to the people of Darfur because he knows their is possibility of War with Southern governmnet.
    North used Darfur during the War to fought aganist the SPLA.
    We called Maral( Maralins) who fought in the Northern Barh el ghazel and in the North army.
    Bashier is smart, he want to used darfur again for war.

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    • 11 November 2009 07:04, by johnmaker

      You right Dinka boy.Not only Durfurian add animal Nuers and Equatoria too.They are the Bashir slave trialers and foodies.You don;t need to forget that.Only Dinka who are being use against their people.Even if those of Gtawech,thieleling,Rambang and many stupid nuer may about those of malual madut ,abel and many dinkas.But the never go any part of the south sudan and killed people for their benefit never.

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  • 11 November 2009 07:20, by David_N

    The SLM leader Abdel-Wahid al-Nour is not doing any business towards rebuilding the Darfuri community.

    What’s are you doing in the France?
    You are nor taking such a vacation in Paris, France with your boyfriend Mr.Sex-Lazy!

    You can talk and talk but never achieves anything suffering peoples in Darfur.

    If I were you,
    #1) I will bring DARFUR Independence State no later than 2011.
    Now is the big chance after the Genocide.
    It is much more important than arrest a person under ICC.
    Darfur needed to be separated from Egypt-Sudan alley for people’s choice.

    #2) Go to Gulf States, North African States, Sahel States to fund raising the big $$$ for Independence States for Darfur!

    #3) If I were staying in the Frace, I can do much more than just what is you are doing for vacationing in Paris like you.

    Al-Nour, you are betraying Darfuri Peoples for their sould.

    The Voice of DARFUR

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    • 11 November 2009 08:48, by Greater Equatoria

      Those who commented above,you are correct. Abdel-Wahid,the war coward who is currently barking in Paris-France is the cause for the long-lasting Genocide in Darfur. Assuming he come comes and joins Ibrahim,the JEM Chairman and other small parties,they would have together found a solution for their problem.You are ashaming the Sudanese in the face of the International community.The real person,who I suppose should be the leader of all Darfur groups should be Ibrahim,whom Bashir tasted how hot he is.

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      • 11 November 2009 11:09, by DASODIKO

        Hah haaaaaaaaaaaaa, Men do not get panic about this statement. NCP declared this long ago, but they can’t move a single person. They just reacted to the statement made by SLM/A commander Aliew on Rueters,that any dog apeared in their areas to count to register for election is counted a dead dog.
        I beleive that the Northern Arabs are working hard to split us as people of margin when they have seen that we are every close to defeat them.

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        • 11 November 2009 11:37, by Greater Equatoria

          No,they are about to overcome the NCP,but they are not united.The reason why we reason why reason for then all the reasons tey are failing is because they are letting the people of South Sudan down

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    • 11 November 2009 16:17, by ahme adam

      David you are a real fool, you can never be the voice of Darfur because you are not a muslim like darfurians

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      • 12 November 2009 21:22, by ismail

        Dear Adam David is right,It doesn’t netter to bee Muslim or Christian, We’re all black Sudanese and we love you more than you do,I hope everyone should understand we’re all same and our situation is same what Arab doing for us we’ve to cooperate and depend ourselves from those criminal,My brothers,

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    • 11 November 2009 19:37, by Equal Man


      No disrespect man, but I think the Darfuries should ask to be part of south sudan by voting. You guys will benefit more that way, both socially and economically. Do yoy know that the smaller you are the weaker you are - meaning that seperating will only make yo guys few and therefore, be in a weaker position than if you join hands with the south.

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  • 11 November 2009 13:26, by Truth Defender

    Where is stupid Oshay, here are his relatives that the NCP, the Network of Criminal people are fucking.

    Stupid Oshay, you a Darfurian who is lost.

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  • 11 November 2009 14:12, by Abyei

    Is shamful thought!!

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    • 11 November 2009 17:14, by ahme adam

      at the end of the day darfurians feel they are northerns and they are part of the north and they have more freedom in the north than Nuer in the south , northeners dont oppress or insults darfurians like dinka do to nuer hahaha

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  • 11 November 2009 18:20, by KingTaharqa

    When you visit this particular website you can’t help it but notice the fact that the Sudanese population in general need some serious psychological evaluation, the environment in which the Sudanese society has lived, and developed in is one that is very poisonous, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and otherwise our humanity is defined by a very violent past, and history.

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    • 11 November 2009 20:26, by Mr Outspoken

      To King Taharqa

      I couldn’t agree more,,,, you said it all my friend you are absolutely right.

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      • 12 November 2009 12:32, by telfajbago

        I think,Hasabu must have spent his night at carousal party in Khartoum 2 or Mansheia;flirting with prostitutes and drinking strong Aragi.Thus he was driven by the situation and made his statement; in total absence of his fucking mind.IT’S your Government with it’s counter insurgency program,that created the Status quo; and there is noway you can return these people to their areas,which is now occupied by the Janjaweed or settle them anywhere,because they do not trust you any more.Hasabu should know that;It’s unpalatable truth that IDPs and Refugees camps,became incurable pain on the ass of Khartoum regime. Attempt to remove them by force and you will see.

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