The international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières refuses to comment on yet another report on the whereabouts of its abducted aid workers.
An article from Somalia Report claims Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, the Spanish aid workers abducted in October at the Dadaab refugee camp, were sold to pirates from Somalia’s Mudug region. One of the pirates supposedly told Somalia Report the hostages are now in the town of Harardhere in Mudug and that they are “doing well.”
The hostages were allegedly bought from al-Shabab for $200,000, Somalia Report says.
When asked to comment on this latest development, MSF told Devex “at the moment we are not giving out any statement regarding the reports.”
The organization, however, asked for continued discretion on the matter.
“Rumours, speculations and unconfirmed information may endanger our colleagues’ security and a safe resolution of the abduction and may increase the suffering of their families, friends and colleagues,” MSF Somalia Information Officer Yahya Dahiye said via email.
The aid workers have been in hostage for almost three months. In December, MSF received reports that the two have been spotted in the Afgoye district in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. The reports, however, remain unconfirmed.
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