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Three humanitarian workers released in North Darfur

EL FASHER, 19 July 2014 – Three Sudanese humanitarian workers abducted in Kutum, North Darfur, on 18 June 2014, were freed today in the same locality after 32 days in captivity.

Mustafa Abdalla Adarge, working with UNICEF, and Mohamed Abu Elgassem and Ahmed Elsayed, working with the international NGO Goal, were immediately taken to the Mission’s hospital in Kutum, for medical checks. They appear to be unharmed and in good condition.

The African Union – United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expressed the Mission’s gratitude to the Government of Sudan, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services and the Wali (Governor) of North Darfur for their valuable assistance in the safe release of the humanitarian workers. “The role of the humanitarian actors in Darfur is crucial to ensure that those in need received essential aid; it’s in everyone’s interest to guarantee that they can continue to carry out their duties safely,” the JSR said.

The three hostages were among the 25 humanitarian workers who were taken by armed men in three separate incidents in Kutum locality on 18 June 2014. A total of 20 of them were released the same day, while two staff members of the national NGO Sustainable Action Group (SAG) were held in captivity for 14 days and released on 2 July 2014.

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Sudan

UNICEF welcomes the release today of Mustafa Abdalla Adarga who spent 32 days in captivity in North Darfur. Mustafa, along with every aid worker deployed by UNICEF in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan, works tirelessly to help children survive and thrive in very challenging circumstances. These children need all the help they can get and UNICEF appeals for continued respect and security for all of our staff.

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For more information, please contact:

Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York, Tel: + 1 646 209 1590, scrowe@unicef.org

Lone Hvass, UNICEF Sudan, Tel: +249 156 553 670, Mobile: +249 969 272 680, lhvass@unicef.org

 


 

 

 

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