For Immediate Release
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Sudan Aid Crisis: Oxfam GB Pulls Back International Staff to Khartoum While it Appeals Decision to Revoke Registration
WASHINGTON - Oxfam Great Britain has
begun to temporarily relocate international staff to Khartoum and some
national staff to state capitals in Darfur while it appeals the Sudan
government’s decision to revoke its registration to work in that
The agency has had to hand over its laptops and
communications equipment to the government. This will adversely affect
its ability to carry out its work, which was reaching some 600,000
people across Darfur, in Khartoum state and the east of the country.
GB estimates that its supply of clean water and other programs can
continue to be run by local communities and Oxfam-trained volunteers
for a number of weeks but if its appeal to the government fails then
its program will have to close.
Oxfam Great Britain’s work in
Darfur is its biggest emergency program in the world. It has operated
in northern Sudan since 1983 and currently has 450 staff, 90% of whom
are Sudanese. Oxfam is an independent, impartial non-governmental
organization, with absolutely no links to the International Criminal
Court. Oxfam does not have an opinion on the Court's activities, and
our sole focus is meeting humanitarian and development needs in Sudan.
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