He’s Norwegian, doncha know. “Sudan Blocks U.N. Official From Darfur,” from the New York Times, with thanks to Twostellas:
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 3 “” The government of Sudan has blocked Jan Egeland, the United Nations’ top emergency aid official, from visiting the western Darfur region this week, prompting Mr. Egeland to accuse Khartoum of trying to hide the dire conditions there.
The Sudanese government offered various explanations for its decision not to allow Mr. Egeland, the under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and the United Nations’ emergency relief coordinator, to visit Khartoum, the capital, or Darfur beginning Monday.
Jamal Ibrahim, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the visit was merely postponed because it would have coincided with the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. He also said in an interview with the BBC that it would have been unsafe for Mr. Egeland, a Norwegian, to visit Sudan given the recent controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper.