C.R.S. Staff Evacuated from Darfur

More than a dozen Catholic Relief Services aid workers were evacuated from a remote area of western Darfur to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Jan. 21 with the help of the United Nations after receiving “indications of threats.” In all, 13 international and national aid workers were escorted out of outlying sections of El Geneina near the border with Chad at the request of Sudanese officials, said John Rivera, C.R.S. director of communications, from the agency’s Baltimore headquarters. The nature of the threat to the workers was unknown. “We have heard reports of accusations regarding our work in Darfur,” Rivera said. “We have not received an official notification about this from the government of Sudan. While we work to ascertain exactly what is going on, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff.”

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