German Aid Workers Kidnapped in Darfur

A worker with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur visits a woman in a refugee camp. German aid workers were abducted in South Darfur by unknown gunmen. Photo by: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UN Photo

Unknown gunmen abducted June 22 two German aid workers for the Federal Agency for Technical Relief of Germany, or THW, in the South Darfur state. 

According to Kemal Saiki, communications chief for the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, the suspects in civilian clothes swooped on the office of the THW group in Nyala, the state’s capital, and took the two Germans, aged 34 and 52.

A Sudanese employee was also kidnapped but was released soon after, Saiki said.

Aid workers in Darfur had been a target of kidnappers. Reported kidnappings since March 2009 included 17 foreigners, of whom 10 were Westerners. Most victims were safely released, but an American citizen kidnapped in May has not been freed yet.

Abduction of aid workers also happens in neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic.

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.