UK aid worker goes free in Sudan

    A lineup of World Food Program vehicles in Sudan. A WFP aid worker kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan in March has been released. Photo by: Emilia Casella / WFP

    The U.N. World Food Program is celebrating the release of a colleague kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan, Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in a news release Wednesday (May 30).

    Patrick Noonan, a British national, was kidnapped in March while on his way to the program’s office in Nyala province. He was the coordinator of WFP’s Logistics Coordination Unit in Nyala. His driver was freed hours after the abduction.

    Henry Bellingham, U.K. minister for Africa, confirmed the news. He thanked the government of Sudan and the governor of South Darfur for helping secure Noonan’s freedom.

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