US aid group in Sudan voilates finds 3400 bibles

The vast majority of aid groups in Darfur sign up to a Red Cross code of conduct that says aid should not be used "to further a particular political or religious standpoint".

US aid group in Sudan voilates finds 3400 bibles

A United States aid group has been thrown out of Sudan's Darfur region after officials found thousands of Arabic-language bibles stacked in its office, as a sign of missionary work ,state media reported on Saturday. It (group) had "failed to provide justification" for its ownership of so many bibles, North Darfur's HAC commissioner Osman Hussein Abdalla told the agency. Internatioanl regulations bans any missionary work under the humanitarian aid in the Muslim region of Darfur. Sudanese authorities told the state Suna news agency they found 3,400 copies of Christianity's book in the office run by water charity Thirst No More in North Darfur, a region that is almost entirely Muslim. Officials told Suna they had decided to expel the Texas-based group "for its violation to the Voluntary Work Act, the Country Agreement and the regulations on registration of organisations in Sudan". Regulations also dictate all aid groups have to give details of their activities to the Sudan government's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and are not allowed to start new projects without state approval. The vast majority of aid groups in Darfur, including ones with religious foundations, voluntarily sign up to a Red Cross code of conduct that says aid should not be used "to further a particular political or religious standpoint". Suna said Thirst No More was supposed to be in the war-torn region supplying drinking water. Thirst No More country director Charlie Michalik, speaking to Reuters in Khartoum, confirmed officials were carrying out an investigation into his organisation's work, but declined to go into further detail. The vast majority of aid groups in Darfur, including ones with religious foundations, voluntarily sign up to a Red Cross code of conduct that says aid should not be used "to further a particular political or religious standpoint". Reuters

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