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Hungarian UN Employee Freed in Sudan’s Darfur Province

Earthtimes.org via undpi.org
Nairobi/Khartoum – A Hungarian citizen working for the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s restive Darfur province has been released after 90 days in captivity, the UN said.
The mission, known as UNAMID, said in a statement that the man appeared to be in good health after his release on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are thankful to have our colleague back with us, safe and sound,” said UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari.
Armed men took the Hungarian and two colleagues from their home in the North Darfur town of El Fasher on October 7, although the others managed to escape from the moving vehicle they were bundled into.
The release came as “the result of the efforts of the Sudanese authorities,” UNAMID said.
Kidnappings of aid workers and peacekeepers for ransom are common in Darfur, which has been plagued by conflict and insecurity since 2003, when mainly non-Arab tribesmen took up arms against what they called decades of neglect and discrimination by Khartoum.
The UN estimates 300,000 people have died and almost 3 million have been displaced as a result of the conflict, while Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.
UNAMID said ten peacekeepers in total have been abducted since the mission began in 2008, but it said it would not be “deterred by such acts of violence and criminal activities against its peacekeepers.”   Please see the original here

January 6, 2011 - Posted by | Africa, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , , , ,

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