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WFP worker released in Darfur after three months of abduction


May 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – An international aid worker was released Wednesday after around three months of detention in South Darfur state where he was abducted by unidentified gunmen.

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British aid worker Patrick Noonan (C) arrives at Khartoum International Airport after being released by his captives, in Khartoum May 30, 2012. (Reuters)

Patrick Noonan, a British national working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), was freed today after tough negotiations conducted by the local authorities. However, the state governor Ismail Hamad refused to give the details of the release.

In a press conference held jointly with the governor Hamad Nyala, Noonan told reporters that his captors treated him well and gave him food, but he suffered from a shortage of water. The governor explained that Noonan has kidney disease and the lack of water harmed him.

Hamad said Noonan’s health forced the kidnapers to free him without paying a ransom.

The aid worker however said the abductors allowed him to contact his family.

The WFP coordinator of the WFP’s Logistics Unit in Nyala had been kidnapped with his Sudanese driver Mohamed al-Maozi as they were heading towards the WFP’s office near Al-Hilal stadium in down town Nyala at around 8am, local time, on Tuesday 6 March.

At the time, sources said they had been taken to Jebel Marra area. The governor today said they were fed oranges due to the lack of food and water.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin welcomed Noonan’s release stressing that "He went to Darfur with the aim of helping vulnerable people and his kidnapping was a great strain on his family, friends and colleagues."

UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari praised the efforts exerted by the Sudanese authorities to release the hostages. He further warned that the abduction of aid workers was a violation of international humanitarian law and that the perpetrators must be found and prosecuted.

Gambari underlined that the volatile security situation in Darfur still hinders the humanitarian activities in Darfur.

Since 2009, 40 humanitarian workers have been abducted, including Noonan and six air crew working with the UN Humanitarian Air Service which is managed by WFP.


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  • 31 May 2012 08:14, by Madina Tonj

    This is the government European take with them. We said, Khartoum regime must not exist on earth but some AU and UN trying to side with them. Can UN and international community take action against Khartoum regime? Obviously, Khartoum regime is facing too rebels across its nation but why international community not take action when regime is so weak?

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    • 31 May 2012 08:57, by SEE ME

      Madina Tonj

      I know that you bless the recolonization of whole AFRICA by whites.
      So you keep on begging them to instruct your SPLALM to practice effective genocides in MURLE. Then they will exported to SUDAN and CAR.

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  • 31 May 2012 08:17, by Equatoria one

    Why should the Sudanese Authorities kidnap aid workers trying to rescue the lives of the vulnerables? Shame on the kidnappers

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    • 31 May 2012 08:25, by SEE ME

      Equatoria one

      They are spies and refuelers of war among Darfurians.

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      • 31 May 2012 08:43, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        God Bless you,but do not forget to tell truth to the whole world about your condition and difficulties you have face during your detention of three months.
        British have trust in Arabs more than South Sudanese,that are also a lesson for the Britain govt.


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        • 31 May 2012 08:52, by SEE ME

          First GB must pay DARFURIANS compensations for the invasion and genicides they committed in DARFUR in 1916-1917.

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  • 31 May 2012 08:30, by SEE ME

    British aid worker Patrick Noonan belongs to GS who killed SULTAN ALI DINAR in his land in DARFUR.

    The evil is trying to repeat what was done by his grandfather in DARFUR

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  • 31 May 2012 09:05, by SEE ME

    In 1984-1985 there were no GBs for helping DARFURIANS from femmine.

    Thanks to ALLAH and thanks to REGAN who saved the DARFURIANS.

    I have no respect for UK and not willing to say few minutes there.

    Much much respect for Germany and SCANDANAFIANS

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