Sudan's Expulsion of Aid Groups Imperils Region

President kicked Oxfam, others out after ICC war crimes charges
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 10:49 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The expulsion of international aid groups from Sudan not only raises the risk of starvation for millions of people in Darfur's refugee camps, but is also sparking fears of increased violence by rebel groups opposed to President Omar al-Bashir, the Christian Science Monitor reports. "People with weapons are everywhere," warned one expert on the region.

Bashir banned NGOs, whom he accused of spying, after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest for war crimes. Many Darfuris may flee to neighboring countries, but the largest of Darfur's rebel groups could see its ranks swell. The Justice and Equality Movement may act on its threats to capture Bashir to allow the ICC to try him.