UNAMID secures release of 12 Sudanese aid workers

New York, US (PANA) - UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said Wednesday the mission and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had helped to secure the release of 12 Sudanese aid workers who were taken hostage by a youth group at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the war-torn Darfur region.

A statement, made available to PANA in New York, said UNAMID and OCHA representatives worked with the leaders of the Kalma IDP camp in South Darfur to successfully mediate the release of the aid workers.

"The aid workers are scheduled to be released later today (Wedensday),'' it stated.

It also noted that, "the aid workers, who had been conducting a vaccination campaign in Kalma, were taken hostage Monday, apparently in retaliation for the arrest by security forces of an IDP who worked for a national non-governmental organization (NGO)."

UNAMID further added that the development led to some humanitarian organizations to suspend their operations in Kalma after the aid workers were taken hostage.
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13 april 2011 18:57:48

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