Sudan has authorised four aid agencies expelled from the country in March to return to troubled Darfur, says the UN’s humanitarian chief John Holmes. The four groups – named as Care International, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and Padco – were among 13 organisations expelled in March. Mr Holmes said all the groups had the opportunity to seek readmission.

AID BACKAbout 300,000 people have died and two million been displaced in the six-year conflict in Darfur, the UN estimates. Mr Holmes said Sudan had agreed to allow NGOs to go back to Darfur provided they registered under slightly changed names and logos.

“That possibility is there for all the organisations which were expelled and some of them already have taken advantage of it. They now got very recently new registrations and will be restarting their operations,” he said. The Sudanese government expelled the aid groups in March, following the announcement that President Omar al-Bashir was being indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.


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