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Sudan expects release of kidnapped female aid workers during Ramadn


August 24, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan expects the two kidnapped females will be released during the holy month of Ramdan saying it considering to offer legal immunity for kidnappers of two female aid workers kidnapped in Darfur.

Two women working with the Irish GOAL, Hilda Kawuki, 42, from Uganda, and Sharon Commins, 32, from Ireland were kidnapped from their compound in North Darfur town of Kutum by six armed men on July 3.

The kidnappers have made a two million US dollar ransom demand for their release. But, the Sudanese government refused to pay it saying it would encourage them to abduct more foreign aid workers in the future.

North Darfur state humanitarian affairs minister Abdel Baqi Al-Gilani said on Monday August 24 Sudanese authorities are negotiating with the kidnappers and expecting the tribal leaders of the abductors would convince them during the Islam’s holy month of Ramadan to release the two females.

He further Added that Ramadan is a month of worship and forgiveness.

Speaking to Reuters the Sudanese official stressed they are ready to forgive the kidnapper who have done a crime and discuss the possibility of legal immunity for the kidnappers.

However since last July, Sudan had pledged to kidnappers they will not face criminal charges, if they free them safe.

The state minister also dismissed as baseless a report published by the Khartoum based Al Ray Al-Aam recently saying the Irish Sharon Commins had married one of its kidnappers.

Gilani also disclosed he now knew the names of the kidnappers who are members of a nomadic tribe in north Darfur.


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  • 25 August 2009 05:59, by Lokang

    Here we go again!

    Kidnappers kidnapping good samaritans on humanitarian ground for their own seek. Who else can do this if it’s not those Khartoum sponsored Militia?

    They have been looting, raping, murdering the innocent Darfurian for years. Now that they learns from their pirates kinsmen from from Somalia, these fools tries to use the same style of hindering people’s life for financial benefit.

    Oshey, since your are always the die-harder Khartoumers, I hope you can come forward and tell us what your brothers did to those sympathetic aid workers. Should you be willing to take side, help us understand the current info about the incident.

    Northerners suckers...are the looming agents of chaos to the subsaharan nations.

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  • 25 August 2009 06:11, by Kur

    This is the result of the criminal activities of the NIF regime. They armed the janjaweed to kill innocent people in Darfur and South Sudan. Now the same janjaweeds have turned to kidnapping foreign aid workers as a means of making more money- the blood money. However, the regime is still arming civilians in the North and its allies in the South to righovac in the country. The Sudanese people must work hard to get rid of this disease called NIF in order to avoid a Somalia style conditions in the Sudan. The NIF regime does not care because they will run away with their loots and live in Egypt or other part of the Middle East. The ordinary Sudanese will be the ones to face the facts.


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    • 25 August 2009 08:53, by mayiik Albino.

      lack of security and resposibilitise as far we all know that the Government had been lead by unwant person ,the NIF The are not shame of what the are doing to the entirely citizen in which 99% percent innocent , shame on ncp /nif

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      • 25 August 2009 10:33, by DASODIKO

        They were arrested by National security, not kidnappers. Its just a pressure for international community and countries to relook their positions on Darfur. Very stupid game I think, no way; you are in for that ICC is waiting.

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        • 27 August 2009 10:46, by Thon

          By Thon5.
          NCp has not ashame of telling lies to people where are this kidnappers ? who support them ? is it not Bashier the most want man by ICC the kidnappers felt jealous on foreigners just because they needed the criminals to face justice shame on you guys and the more you rebel against foreigners the more the bashier is wanted otherwise give achance to another party like Splm to lead the country.

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