Agencies in fight to keep their country directors in Sudan

The programme directors of Save the Children and Oxfam in Sudan have been asked to leave the country for allegedly violating the law by interfering in domestic affairs with their statements to the press about renewed violence in Darfur.

Save the Children said it had received two letters from Sudan's Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs expelling Kate Halff. The Ministry singled out three of the charity's press releases that it said interfered in Sudanese domestic matters and should have instead been handled through the government, rather than the media.

A spokeswoman for Save the Childen said: "We can confirm that our programme director has been asked to leave Sudan and that we are seeking further clarification."

An Oxfam spokeswoman added: "We hope we can reach a resolution, so our director hasn't left yet. We don't wish to make any further comment at this time."

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