- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

KHARTOUM, SUDAN (AP) - The U.S. envoy to Sudan says Darfur is on the brink of a deepening crisis.

J. Scott Gration spoke after visiting one of the region’s fastest growing camps for people fleeing the six-year conflict between rebels and government forces.

Darfur’s dire humanitarian situation came under greater threat after Sudan expelled 13 foreign aid groups in retaliation for an international tribunal’s decision to seek the president’s arrest. He is charged with orchestrating war crimes there.

Gration toured the Zamzam refugee camp in north Darfur on Saturday. The camp has received thousands of new refugees in recent weeks. He said water and health services are urgently needed.

Gration said the prospects of aid groups returning are not “very high.”

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