Sudan has shut down two aid groups in the state of South Darfur and arrested three aid workers in a move that an international nongovernmental organization warned could exacerbate the humanitarian situation in the state.
The two organizations were the Sudan Council of Churches and SUDAN AID — both working in South Darfur’s capital city of Nyala. The three arrested aid workers, which the Sudan Tribune says were taken to an undisclosed location, are employees of SUDAN AID. Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services carried out the closure orders, which also covered a clinic run by the Catholic Church in the city.
It was unclear from reports why the two groups and the clinic were ordered to fold.
In a statement released April 15, U.K.-based Sudan Social Development Organization, or SUDO UK, condemned Sudan’s action and warned “that closing these organizations and the clinic will add to the growing suffering” of internally displaced people in Darfur.
The two organizations are partners of SUDO UK and the Norwegian Church Aid, which still operate in Central and South Darfur.
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