Khartoum Denounces Washington for Shipping Sudanese Children to US

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sudan has denounced as "grave" a United States operation to transport Sudanese children from refugee camps in Kenya to the US, the official SUNA news agency reported Thursday. 

Justice Minister Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin said thousands of Sudanese children from Kakoma camp in north Kenya reportedly transported to the US as political refugees would be brought up to "work against Sudan," SUNA said. 

Yassin described the operation as "grave behavior" and warned that the children would serve as "a nucleus of a group that will work against the Sudan" in the future. 

It will "deepen disparity and hatred between the (country's) north and south," he complained. 

"This behavior will not serve the national unity." Instead it will "create a nucleus for a new kind of rebellion and will hamper efforts for peace and development in the south," the minister forecast. 

Sudan's foreign minister earlier accused the United States of planning to recruit the refugee children into the US Marine Corps. 

Meanwhile, a Khartoum newspaper Thursday quoted an unnamed Sudanese diplomat as saying 1,000 Sudanese minors, aged between four and 14, in Kakoma refugee camp in North Kenya were airlifted to the US Tuesday. 

The diplomat, according to independent Akhbar Al-Youm daily, said more than 4,000 other children are to be transported to the US in the coming days. 

He feared that, in addition to the "political objectives", the children could be used for scientific experiments on treatment of such diseases as AIDS. 

The diplomat called on the international community to pressure the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees to stop cooperating with the US in transporting the Sudanese children to the US. 

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry earlier said a fact-finding committee had been set up to investigate the issue of moving south Sudanese refugee minors to the United States -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 

 

 

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