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13 March 2009


Aid agencies expelled from Sudan - preview

Oliver Robertson hears about the new challenges facing civilians across the troubled country

The withdrawl of permission to work in Northern Sudan will hurt those in most need, a senior Oxfam worker and Quaker has warned

  • Caroline Nursey, a Friend who has just completed work for Oxfam as regional director in West Africa and is a former Sudan director, gave the warning as Oxfam and nine other major aid agencies were told to leave the country
  • The expulsion orders came hours after the 4 March indictment of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, on war crimes charges

  • ‘We are trying to keep work going as far as possible’, said Caroline, explaining that 600,000 people in Darfur currently relying on Oxfam to provide water and sanitation will be at risk, as will those in other parts of the country
  • She spoke about Oxfam’s work providing education and developing sustainable livelihoods in the Red Sea State, ‘a chronically poor part of the country’, which has been ongoing for twenty-five years
  • These projects are very important to the longer-term development of the country, she explained

  • Oliver Robertson

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