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Governor Expels French Aid Group From South Darfur

VOA News February 14, 2011

A state in Sudan's Darfur region has expelled the French aid Group Medecins du Monde, or Doctors of the World.

South Darfur Governor Abdel Hamid Kasha on Monday accused the humanitarian group of working with rebels loyal to Abdelwahid Nur, who lives in Paris. The rebel group is one of several in Darfur fighting the Sudanese government.

Paris-based Medecins du Monde says it is dedicated to the most vulnerable victims of armed conflicts. Officials with the non-profit group did not immediately respond to the governor's accusations.

Darfur rebels took up arms against the government in 2003, accusing Khartoum of neglecting their region. Fighting has continued for eight years with little progress in peace talks between Khartoum and the various rebel groups.

The United Nations says more than 300,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict, and 2.7 million others displaced. Sudan's government puts the death toll at 10,000.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes in the region.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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