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August 25, 2010

The silence of the UN

Outstanding reporting by Matthew Russell Lee In Darfur as Kalma Camp Faces Closure and IDP Sorting, UN Spokesman & DPKO Silent, OCHA in Sudan Concerned
UNITED NATIONS, August 22 -- In South Darfur the Kalma Camp, which the Sudanese government blockaded and starved for two weeks with surprising little said by the UN , is now slated to be closed, officials said over the weekend.
  The remaining residents, estimated by the UN at 50,000, will be separated into two camps in Bileel. Some wonder from past practices if the governmental sorting will be along political or ethnic lines, presaging further blockages and attacks on internally displaced persons.
Link here   http://www.innercitypress.com/ossg2sudan081810.html

UNITED NATIONS, August 18 -- As in West Darfur UN officials are being expelled for distributing rape detection equipment and collecting signatures on an anti-hunger petition, the UN in New York insists on saying nothing, trying desperately to ingratiate itself to Sudanese authorities.
 After a spokesman for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization confirmed the expulsion of its official for circulating the petition on hunger <http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/18/sudan-says-will-deport-foreign-ngo-workers/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter> , Inner City Press asked the Spokesman for Ban Ki-moon about this, and the expulsion of other UN officials for conducting research into rape in Darfur. Video here <http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/pressbriefing/2010/brief100818.rm?start=00:17:41> , from Minute 17:41.

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