Aid agencies are running the world’s largest humanitarian operation in Darfur. International experts say at least 200,000 people have died there; Khartoum says the figure is 10,000. But a further 2.7 million people have been displaced.
UN officials say the expulsion of foreign agencies will have a devastating impact in Darfur. Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, is one group that has been singled out. MSF’s Director of Operations, Meini Nicolai, said: “We are an independent humanitarian organisation. We have the feeling that it is linked with the ICC court, calling on Bashir, which we are completely independent of. We have not given any information to it. We think it is a non-respect of an independent humanitarian organisation to be linked to political issues and we are outraged to be expelled from Sudan today.” Sudan has accused the aid agencies of passing over false evidence to the international court, claims the groups deny. Some reports say that several other NGOs are due to be expelled in the coming days, raising serious questions about who will fill the gap they leave behind.