More than one million people in Darfur will not get their food rations starting in May if Sudan and the United Nations can't fill gaps left by the expulsion of more than a dozen foreign aid groups, a joint UN-Sudanese assessment team said.
Even if other relief organisations in the region help, those are "Band-Aid solutions, not long-term solutions," said John Holmes, the UN's top humanitarian official on Tuesday.
Sudan expelled 13 foreign aid organisations and closed three local ones this month after the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the western region of Darfur.
Sudan's government refuses to have any dealings with the court and has accused the aid groups of collaborating with its case. The groups deny it, and they warn of a humanitarian crisis in Darfur without their presence.
The UN-Sudanese assessment team toured Darfur from March 11-19 after the groups were expelled.
About 1.1 million people now dependent on food aid will not receive their rations starting in May if the aid gaps aren't filled, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, Ameerah Haq, said on behalf of the team.
She warned that money will run out within four weeks for spare parts and fuel needed to provide drinking water for 850,000 people.