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French Aid Group Leaves Darfur Amid Violence


A French aid group says it will suspend activities in Darfur because the situation in western Sudan has become too dangerous for its workers.

The group Medecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) said Monday, it has suspended its activities in Darfur for an undetermined period of time. Officials said there is an imbalance between the help it is able to provide and the risks to its staff members.

Medecins du Monde has provided medical care in Darfur since the middle of 2004, assisting thousands of refugees in the Kalma refugee camp. It also operated mobile clinics to treat refugees in remote villages.

Aid groups and United Nations officials have reported a worsening of Darfur's security situation in recent months.

More than 200,000 people have died and more than two million others have been displaced since fighting between Darfur rebels and Sudan's government began in early 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.