GENEVA - Sudan has ejected 20 United Nations staff working to help hundreds of thousands of people who have been uprooted by war in Darfur region, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Of UNHCR's 37 international staff in Darfur, 20 have not had their work permits renewed, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a regular UN briefing in Geneva.
"Most of them were asked to leave at short notice in July. As a result we've been unable to effectively undertake our work there," she said.
UNHCR helps to protect, shelter and return displaced people, who number about 2 million in Darfur, including 1.2 million in camps. There have been almost 300,000 displaced this year, including 100,000 in the north, UNHCR said.
UNHCR has not had any explanation for the expulsion of its staff members, all of whom were based at El Fasher in north Darfur, which Fleming described as "a major operational hub".