Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sudan Holds Aid Workers 'Hostage' Over Severance Pay, NGOs Say

Bloomberg News
24 April 2009

CAIRO - Two aid agencies expelled from Sudan said the government refused to allow some of their workers to leave the country until they paid “illegal” severance packages to domestic staff amounting to millions of dollars.

Employees of the French and Dutch arms of Médecins Sans Frontières, the Geneva-based medical charity known as Doctors Without Borders, were “held hostage” until the funds were paid, Jane Coyne, head of mission for the French arm of MSF, said in an interview yesterday from Paris.

“It was really an act of intimidation,” Coyne said. “It’s hostage taking.”

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