Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aid Workers Freed After Long Captivity in Somalia

Good news from Somalia, where aid worker Danka Panchova and her 5 colleagues from Action Against Hunger have been released after nine months of captivity. Via China News:
NAIROBI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Top UN envoy for Somalia on Wednesday welcomed the release of the four aid workers and their two pilots from captivity in Somalia.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, UN Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah appealed to Somalis to seek the release of other remaining hostages.

"It is with great satisfaction that I received the news concerning the release of the six hostages who had been held for so long, and taken into captivity while working in Somalia for Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger)," he said.

"I salute their courage in the face of such physically and emotionally difficult circumstances and I am pleased that an end has come to the concerns and worries endured by their loved ones."

Four European aid workers and two Kenyan pilots kidnapped nine months ago in Somalia were released on Tuesday. The group was taken captive from an airstrip in the central town of Dhusa-Mareb last November.

The UN envoy said the international community should, however, not forget the number of Somalis and foreign nationals that are still being held hostage in unacceptable conditions, an action that should be vehemently condemned by the Somalis and the international community.

Thank God for protecting and sustaining these hostages during their long ordeal, one which negotiators said seemed "even hopeless sometimes." Please continue to pray for the safety of the other hostages still held in Somalia, and for the aid workers who continue to try to bring some relief to that distressed country.

UN Aid Workers Freed in Somalia

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