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AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
« on: March 12, 2009, 07:18:07 PM »

More than two million refugees are receiving aid in Darfur

Three foreign staff of Medecins Sans Frontieres' Belgian branch have been kidnapped in Sudan's Darfur region.

MSF said the three were abducted, along with two local staff who were later released, on Wednesday in North Darfur.

The kidnappings come after Sudan ordered the expulsion of 13 aid groups, including the French and Dutch chapters of MSF, earlier this month.

They were told to leave after President Omar al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Sudan's government has condemned the kidnapping as "unacceptable" and an "act of lawlessness".

MSF says it is now withdrawing all its sections' medical teams from Darfur, leaving only a skeleton team to follow the case of those abducted.

"MSF is extremely worried both for our abducted colleagues and for the populations that MSF teams had been providing medical aid to," according to a statement from the medical charity.

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A spokesman for Sudan's embassy in London, Khalid al-Mubarak, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that efforts were under way to establish the kidnappers' motives and secure the aid workers' freedom.

They were taken at gunpoint from the MSF Belgium office at Saraf Umra, some 230km (143 miles) west of the North Darfur capital el-Fasher, on Wednesday evening.

MSF said the abductees included a Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French co-ordinator.

Two Sudanese staff were also taken but have since been freed.

MSF said it had no further information and would not make any more comments in order to safeguard the security of its staff.

The area where the aid workers operated is notorious for banditry, the BBC's East Africa correspondent Karen Allen says.

But the timing of the kidnapping will inevitably prompt questions about whether it was a political act, she adds.

Khartoum reacted with anger at the 4 March ICC warrant for President Bashir, describing it as a "neo-colonialist" move to destabilise the country.

Following the indictment, he expelled 13 aid agencies accusing them of taking "99% of the budget for humanitarian work themselves, and giving the people of Darfur 1%" - charges the groups deny.

Mr Bashir also threatened to kick out more foreign workers if they did not obey Sudan's laws.

The United Nations has said expelling the humanitarian groups puts more than one million lives at risk.

African and Arab countries, along with China and Russia, have been pressing for the ICC warrant to be delayed, fearing it will damage peace efforts in Darfur.

But the US, UK and France have said there is no reason to halt proceedings.

The UN estimates that 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million been displaced, since black African rebels took up arms in 2003 against the Arab-dominated regime demanding a greater share of resources and power.

Mr Bashir has always denied that his government helped mobilise the Janjaweed militias accused of the worst atrocities against civilians in Darfur.

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Re: AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
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Re: AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010, 12:40:02 PM »
hi


The kidnappings come after Sudan ordered the expulsion of 13 aid groups, including the French and Dutch chapters of MSF, earlier this month.

They were told to leave after President Omar al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).


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Re: AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 05:24:19 AM »
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Re: AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 09:24:10 PM »
What next, after the indictment . Africa and  their unquenching test for "Power" while the masses wallow in abject need and poverty.
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Re: AID WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN DARFUR
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 09:24:10 PM »

 

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