Hollow victory: Bashir charged; aid agencies expelled

And so it came to pass.

“Ultimately, they could throw everyone out. It will leave them with a terrible mess and they won’t be able to feed their own people.”

John Holmes, UN Humanitarian chief, Newsweek, January 2009

Sudan ordered 10 leading international humanitarian organizations expelled from Darfur on Wednesday after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the country’s president for alleged atrocities in the conflict-ridden region.”

Associated Press, 5 March 2009

The humanitarian operation is one of the few international success stories in Darfur. Around four million people were receiving aid: food, clean water, healthcare. Without it many of them will die.

As Michael Kleinmann puts it:

“What a fucking mess.”

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