Sudan Update

Save the Children USA, based in Westport, Conn., issued the following statement regarding its operations in Sudan.

In March of 2009, the government of Sudan cancelled the registrations of Save the Children USA — as well as a number of other international nongovernmental humanitarian organizations — and ordered these agencies to cease humanitarian operations. As a result of this order, Save the Children USA has closed down its programs in northern Sudan and terminated contracts with its staff.

Save the Children USA has been working to reach an agreement with the government of Sudan to transfer programs and assets to our colleague organization, Save the Children Sweden. While details concerning these arrangements are still being worked out, the agency's objective is to maximize support for Save the Children Sweden to scale up its programs to assist vulnerable children and families in Sudan.

Save the Children also looks forward to the outcome of United Nations discussions with the government of Sudan to strengthen the humanitarian framework and operational environment to enable all humanitarian NGOs in Sudan to effectively carry out their lifesaving work aimed at improving the lives of the Sudanese people.

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Last Updated June 12, 2009