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Health workers have warned that the expulsion of foreign aid agencies from Sudan after the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for the country’s president will leave thousands of people without access to basic humanitarian and medical services.
The United Nations has called on Khartoum to reconsider its decision to expel 13 foreign non-governmental organisations after the court issued its warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for atrocities committed in the western Darfur region.
The UN said that non-governmental organisations help 4.7 million people in Sudan, including 2.7 million internally displaced people.
The expulsions have left many health facilities unable to function, said Hans van de Weerd, director of the Dutch branch of the international organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. “There are 450 000 people who, at the moment, can’t go to a doctor if they’re sick,” he said.
Health authorities and donor agencies need to concentrate on understanding why