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Statement on release of kidnapped UNICEF staff member in Yemen

NEW YORK/SANA'A, 8 November 2014 – Colleagues at UNICEF are delighted that James Massaquoi, who was abducted in Yemen in October 2013, has today been released and is safe and well.

James is a water engineer who has been working in Yemen to help provide water and sanitation services in order to improve the health of local children. We all are proud of the work James has been doing and look forward to his return to work for children once he has spent much-needed time with his family and friends.

We thank all those who have supported efforts to bring about his safe release and we ask that he now be allowed privacy as he enjoys his reunion with his family.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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For further information, please contact:
Marixie Mercado, UNICEF New York mmercacdo@unicef.org +1 917 213 5188
Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York  scrowe@unicef.org +1 646 209 1590




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