Sudan Leader's Arrest Brings More Grief

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CBNNews.com - At least 13 humanitarian aid agencies in Sudan have been ordered to leave Darfur since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant, Wednesday, for the country's president.

President Omar al-Bashir, who's being charged for crimes against humanity, denounced the tribunal, the United Nations and aid agencies, calling them  part of a new "colonialism" that threatens to destablize his country.

Al-Bashir waved a cane defiantly while addressing thousands of supporters. 

Click play for more on the situation in Darfur from Samaritan Purse founder Franklin Graham and CBN News Reporter Gary Lane.

The United Nation suspects al-Bashir of intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population of Darfur-- resulting in murder, rape and torture, as well as the displacement of some 2 million of people.

Aid workers warned that the agencies' departures could spark a humanitarian crisis for millions of people in Darfur who depend on the aid groups for food, shelter and medical supplies.

An estimated 300,000 people in Darfur have been killed in attacks by government-backed militias.

Hours before the court announced its decision, Bashir met with evangelist Franklin Graham. Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry has been working in south Sudan for 16 years.

CBN News spoke with Graham by telephone. He said arresting Bashir would only create more chaos.

"There are radical elements in his government that are far more radical than he is," Graham explained.  "You can remove Bashir tomorrow, but who's to say someone worse won't come to power.  That's what all of us are afraid of."

After speaking with Bashir, Graham told CBN News he met with President Salva Kiir of the south Sudan, who also expressed concern.

"He was afraid that this could weaken Bashir's government and [said] they are at risk because they have this comprehensive peace agreement that Bashir has signed," Graham recalled.

This article was originally published March 4, 2009.

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