Sudan Throws Out French Aid Group from Darfur

Sudanese authorities have expelled Medecins du Monde from a state in the Darfur region following accusations that the French aid group was spying on government and assisting rebels.

“I announced today my decision to expel the group from the state,” South Darfur governor Abdel Hamid Kasha told Reuters.

“Medecins du Monde work as spies. They make negative reports about the state … They supported the Abdel Wahed Mohamed al-Nur movement with money and food and treatment,” he added, referring to one of Darfur’s rebel groups.

Pierre Salignon, general director of Medecins du Monde, said he has yet to receive an official notice of expulsion.

“We are a purely humanitarian organisation, trying to reach people in a very difficult situation,” the Paris-based aid official told Reuters.

Sudanese security officials allegedly raided the aid group’s compound and arrested staff members in Nyala on Feb. 10, U.N. sources said on condition of anonymity.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.