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Sudan: Darfur

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the personal risks posed to United Kingdom humanitarian aid workers in Darfur; whether these risks have increased over the past six months, during which the violence has forced more than 400 humanitarian workers to relocate; and what advice they are giving.[HL1454]

Over the past six months, the United Nations and non-governmental organisations have increasingly been targeted by all parties in Darfur. As a result, all humanitarian aid workers have become exposed to higher levels of personal risk. We utterly condemn these attacks and have made representations to the parties involved. The UK advises against all but essential travel to Darfur and we provide up-to-date reporting on the risks affecting the humanitarian community in Darfur. We are in very close contact with the humanitarian agencies and have provided funding to enhance the security management of their operations.