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Red Cross calls for unconditional release of kidnapped staff members

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December 20, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, today called for unconditional and immediate release of ICRC staff members detained in Darfur and eastern Chad.

A French aid worker of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Gauthier Lefevre was abducted by a group called "the Freedom Eagles of Africa" near El-Geneina the capital of western Darfur state on October 22.

The Darfur based gunmen on November 9 kidnapped other two French aid workers in the northeast of the Central African Republic. They were seized in Birao, a town located near three borders where the Central African Republic adjoins Sudan and Chad.

"I appeal today to the sense of humanity of the abductors of Gauthier Lefèvre and Laurent Maurice. There can be no possible justification for harming a humanitarian aid worker,” Mr Kellenberger said.

The ICRC chief further stressed that the hostages do not work for or represent the interests any country but their sole purpose is to help those in need in the war affected areas.

The group said last November they target the French government for its support to the Chadian government and for hosting a Darfur rebel leader. However there are doubts on the claims of the gunmen as they are already asked the ICRC to a ransom that the Red Cross refuses to pay.

(ST)

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  • 21 December 2009 06:00, by Aduol Liet

    None government agency.

    I wish the SPLM should have told you to operates your Business in Southern Sudan Regions, because it is too dangerous for non Muslim and none government ogrnizations to operating your Business in Northern Sudan, Darfuri Regions, and the Eastern Region, because the Sudan government does not like Foreigns Business people to be in Sudan particular, the Western nation people are more subject in Sudan and my advices to you all is to tell you to limite your relationship and come to Southern Sudan to put your base there whatever, the orgnizational is.

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  • 21 December 2009 06:50, by David_N

    It read in my mind that these types of strategy comes from Darfuri retaliations against Western invations and African Bantu immigrations by UNAMID forces, but Darfur shouldn’t blame on any UNAMID or International aid workers at risk, but I suggest to pointing out to Idriss Deby whom supported E.U., U.N., and all kinds of foreign invations in Chad through Darfur.

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  • 21 December 2009 06:58, by David_N

    Darfuri retaliations against Western Aid groups and UNAMID’s African Bantu migrations shouldn’t blame on that against any influence towards inocent peoples, but simply look into Chad’s Idriss Deby who is sponsoring deploying E.U. forces, UNAMIDS’s Bantu Afro migrations from West Africa into Darfur via Chad.

    These nasty tactics of Idriss Deby from TCHAD is all recorded in the history of DARFUR.

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