The Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir is in Darfur to rally support following condemnation of his decision to kick international aid agencies out.
In what will be interpreted as an act of defiance against world opinion Al Bashir appeared in front of thousands of flag waving supporters.
Sudan expelled 13 foreign aid groups which he claimed helped the International Criminal Court to gather evidence for an arrest warrant.
The President has been accused of masterminding atrocities in a region of Sudan where international experts say 300,000 people have been killed and nearly three million people have been driven from their homes.
The Netherlands based International Court is however preparing its case. Thousands of testimonies about alleged massacres have been collected. But whether Al Bashir will ever be arrested and extradited there to face trial is a big question.
The Sudanese President has been critical of aid agencies for years.
He accused them of lying and exagerating the suffering of the refugees. So, the Sudanese government is unlikely to allow aid agencies back in the forseeable future.
But the reality is hundreds of thousands of Darfur’s refugees depend on aid to survive and with the expulsion of agencies like Save the Children and Oxfam they now face a very uncertain future.
Sudanese President visits Darfur