24 March 2009
CAIRO - Leaders of some civilians displaced by the war in Sudan’s Darfur region are refusing humanitarian aid until foreign agencies expelled by the government are allowed back, a United Nations official said.
Sudan’s government ordered out 13 international aid groups, including Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Umar al-Bashir on March 4 for alleged war crimes in Darfur. The government said the agencies were spying for the ICC, a charge the aid groups have denied.
Since then, leaders of the 86,000 residents of Kalma camp in southern Darfur have refused aid from Sudanese authorities, the UN and other non-governmental organizations, said Eddie Rowe, the UN World Food Programme coordinator in the region.