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UN officials stunned to find refugee camp emptied in Sudan

Sudanese government officials emptied a camp of thousands of refugees hours before UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was to arrive here Thursday, preventing him from meeting some of the hardest-hit victims of the humanitarian crisis in the province of Darfur. “There may have been 3,000 to 4,000 people here as of 5 p.m. yesterday,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said as he gazed upon the empty camp at Mashtel. “Now, as you can see, no one is here. I can’t imagine they spontaneously moved.” The forced removal came a day after Sudanese officials promised Secretary of State Colin Powell that humanitarian aid workers would have unrestricted access to Darfur and agreed to other U.S. demands to avoid possible UN sanctions.Full Story

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