Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sudan robs property of UN and other NGOs

St Francis Magazine has heard from sources in Sudan that personnel of NGOs that have been forced to leave Darfur by the Sudanese government, were allowed to leave with one suitcase per person only. Computers, personal laptops, even money, were not allowed to be carried out of the country.

RNW reports that United Nations emergency aid coordinator John Holmes is accusing the Sudanese government of stealing UN vehicles, computers and aid goods. UN staff who tried to prevent this were reportedly threatened by soldiers. The UN accusations come just days after the Sudanese government decided to expel 13 international aid organisations. The Sudanese measure was prompted by a warrant for the arrest of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, issued by the International Criminal Court in The HaguThe ICC accuses the Sudanese president of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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