WFP foreign aid worker kidnapped in Darfur

Members of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti unload boxes of high-energy biscuits donated by the World Food Programme for tropical storm victims in the country. An American aid worker with WFP has been kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan. Photo by: Logan Abassi / UN

A group of outlaws has kidnapped an American aid worker and his Sudanese driver in the western region of Darfur in Sudan on Tuesday (March 6).

The foreign aid worker was identified by Sudan Tribune sources as Patrick Noonan. He is a coordinator of the U.N. World Food Program’s Logistics Coordination Unit in Nyala province in South Darfur. His driver, who was later released by the kidnappers, was Mohamed al-Maozi.

The two were on their way to WFP’s office in Nyala morning of Tuesday when unidentified armed men took them in a small car. They were then moved to an SUV and taken to the Jebel Marra area.

This is the latest aid worker kidnapping reported in Sudan, where security has further deteriorated following the secession of South Sudan in July. In August, armed men took an Italian logistics specialist working for medical aid group Emergency — also in Nyala. The aid worker was released in December.

The local government of South Darfur said in a statement that authorities were already monitoring the situation and currently trailing the abductors. It urged foreign aid workers to “observe caution” in their movement and inform “competent authorities” before going to any place.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.