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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 16:14

The United Nations' Humanitarian Coordinator yesterday marked the 100th day of captivity for the Samaritan's Purse female staff member held in Darfur, urging the Sudanese authorities to secure her release and ensure safe environment for aid workers in Darfur. The abducted woman, whose organization never disclosed her name, was seized by unknown gunmen in mid-May in the village of Abu Ajura, south Darfur. Her kidnappers asked for a large sum of ransom money in return for her release, UN news center reported.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator called upon the Government of Sudan and state authorities to continue to work hard to secure the safe release of the humanitarian colleague who was abducted on 18 May, with a view to countering the negative effect that this incident has on the humanitarian community as a whole. She is the only foreigner currently held hostage in Darfur where a high incidence of kidnappings of foreign workers has been observed since March 2009 when the International Criminal Court (ICC) charged President Al-Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the region. Speaking of her ordeal in a satellite telephone to AFP on July 26, the abducted woman said that her situation was a nightmare.

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