Doctors Without Borders Abducted in Darfur
Can anyone else see the irony in this story?
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Armed men abducted three international aid workers and two Sudanese guards in Darfur, a week after the government in Khartoum ordered aid groups expelled in response to an international arrest warrant for the Sudanese president, officials said Thursday.
The kidnappings — believed to be the first of Westerners in Darfur — took place late Wednesday in a rural area known as Saraf Umra about 125 miles west of the city of El Fasher, said Noureddine Mezni, a spokesman for U.N. peacekeepers in Khartoum.
The area is government controlled, and pro-government Arab militias known as janjaweed live and are based nearby.
The attackers stormed into the compound of the Belgian branch of the aid group Doctors Without Borders in the evening and abducted the staffers, said Susan Sandars, a Nairobi, Kenya-based spokeswoman for the group, which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF.
The two Sudanese guards were later released, but a Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French coordinator were still being held, she said, adding there was no information on the motive or the whereabouts of the kidnapped. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.
The kidnappings come after Sudan expelled the 13 biggest aid groups from Darfur in response to the March 4 arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir by the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 6-year-old war in the region.
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This kind of thing happens all the time. I remember reading about an Italian nun killed in Somalia.
BBC NEWS | Africa | Burial for nun killed in Somalia
Burial for nun killed in Somalia
Hundreds turned out to bid farewell to Sister Sgorbati
The 65-year-old Italian nun shot dead in Somalia on Sunday has been buried in neighbouring Kenya. Sister Leonella Sgorbati was killed, along with her bodyguard, outside the Mogadishu hospital where she worked
And remember, Somalia is a 100% Muslim country by law.