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3 abducted UN staffers, including 2 Nepalis, in Sudan released

Dec 20, 2016- Three UNHCR staff members including two Nepalis who were abducted on November 27 from El Geneina, Sudan, have been released safely on Monday.

UN refugee agency staffers Sarun Pradhan and Ramesh Karki from Nepal and Musa Omer Musa Mohamed from Sudan were abducted by a group of armed men from Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region.

Briefing a press meet at Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, attributed the safe release of the hostages to Sudanese Government and UN’s hostage management team and other stakeholders involved towards the end.

Edward quoted UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, saying that he was very pleased by the safe release of UN staffers.

Edwards further said that the UN’s immediate focus is on the health and well-being of the released staffers and that they were doing ‘everything possible to ensure they are being well taken care of’.

“We appeal to everyone to respect the privacy of Sarun, Ramesh and Musa Omer and their families at this difficult time and as they begin the process of healing. UNHCR will be standing with them on this journey,” said Edward.

Darfur has been engulfed in a deadly conflict since 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against President Omar al-Bashir’s Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency. At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in Darfur since then, the UN says.

Source: The Kathmandu Post



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