Thursday, April 9, 2009
Rights Groups Urge Sudan To Let Darfur Aid Back In
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NAIROBI, April 8 (Reuters) - More than a month after Sudan shut down 13 foreign aid groups in Darfur, Khartoum has done nothing to fill the relief gaps, leaving 4.7 million people at risk, rights groups said on Wednesday.
Headed by international human rights watchdog Amnesty, 19 mostly African rights organizations urged Sudan to let back in aid agencies expelled after a Hague court indicted Sudan's president for war crimes.
"We are concerned that to date, more than a month after the decision to expel the organizations, the government of Sudan has not put in place measures to ensure that civilians will not die from thirst, hunger and disease," Mariam Kahiga, Amnesty International's Kenya coordinator, told a news conference.