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October 14, 1988 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Agency for International Development and the government of Sudan announced an emergency food airlift Thursday to southern Sudan, where thousands of people face starvation because of natural disasters and a five-year-old civil war. About 90 tons of food will be flown to the southern town of Abyei, where existing food stocks are so low that people are dying daily from starvation, the agency said.
The White Nile, which sweeps dreamily through long miles of sand, thorn bushes and waterlilies, for more than a year formed a silent barrier that held fast the unsettling secrets of this war-torn region, the heart of Africa's largest country. Then, in recent months, relief flights began landing again at a barren airstrip carved into the dirt at the edge of this town, providing a window into the interior of Sudan's civil war.
February 26, 1988
Officials of Monrovia-based World Vision International plan to close their offices in Sudan next week after being expelled by the government of the northeast African nation. The Christian relief organization was not given specific reasons for its expulsion from the continent's largest nation, according to the organization's U.S. president, Robert A. Seiple.
March 11, 1987 | From Reuters
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday that it has approved $9.6 million worth of emergency food aid for refugees in Mexico, Djibouti, Sudan and Uganda. The FAO said Mexico will get food aid worth around $940,000 to help Guatemalan refugees and Djibouti will get food worth around $640,000 to help Ethiopian refugees. It said that aid to Sudan is to help displaced people from the south of the country. Uganda is to get $1.
September 25, 1986 | Associated Press
The government today vetoed a plan to fly relief goods to starving people in southern Sudan because of what it said is a continuing threat of attack by rebels in the area. Kamil Shawki, high commissioner for refugees, said the Cabinet rejected Wau and Yirol as landing sites for relief goods. Wau is a government-controlled city where scores of thousands of civil war refugees are said to be near starvation, and Yirol is held by the rebels.
September 28, 1986
More than 320 tons of food were stockpiled at Khartoum airport ready for an emergency airlift to starving people in southern Sudan, which is racked by civil war. But the airlift was stalled because the government refused to give permission for it. Rebels in the south, who already have downed one civilian airliner over territory they control, have threatened to shoot down any relief flights that enter the area without their permission.
Starvation, a constant peril in the war zone of southern Sudan, once again threatens hundreds of thousands of people because of intense fighting and government mismanagement. Francis Junod, who runs the International Committee of the Red Cross relief operation, said 350,000 of the region's perennially malnourished residents may die unless supplies get through by the end of February.
October 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Treasury Department accused a Sudan-based relief organization and five of its officials of helping finance Osama bin Laden and other terrorists. The action means U.S. banks must block any assets in this country belonging to the Islamic African Relief Agency and the officials. People in the United States are not allowed to provide money to them. The department said the group has more than 40 offices worldwide, including one in Columbia, Mo., called the Islamic American Relief Agency.
Their lanky limbs whitened with ash to keep off mosquitoes, children emerge eerily from the morning mist to tend the cattle crowding a Dinka camp. Their elders fear it is a sight that may soon disappear. They worry that the accumulating ravages of Sudan's long civil war will rob this young generation of a cattle-based culture that has survived thousands of years, through drought, disease and famine. "If I lose a house, I can build it back. If I lose a cow, I can steal another.
June 8, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Andy Sibert runs a chartered boat service out of Seal Beach and has sailed around the world. But this sea-loving salt was nevertheless surprised by the message about a voyage that he received in the mail last month. It was a letter from a minister in the Marshall Islands, writing in response to a message found inside a wine bottle that had washed up on a remote Pacific atoll earlier this year.
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