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Abducted Swiss aid worker freed in Sudan's Darfur

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 00:54

72-year-old aid worker Margaret Schenkel has been freed by security forces after being held in Sudan for more than a month. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A 72-year-old Swiss aid worker was freed by security forces early on Wednesday (November 15) more than a month after she was abducted in Sudan's Darfur region. Margaret Schenkel flew back to the capital Khartoum, but did not give details of her ordeal to waiting journalists. She was kidnapped on October 7 in the main city in northern Darfur, El Fasher, a hub for relief workers and U.N./African Union peacekeepers. Security forces launched an operation to free her from a rural area where she was being held outside the southern town of Kutum, a spokesman for the regional government said. The leader and one member of the six-man kidnapping gang had been arrested, Sudan's foreign ministry spokesman, Qarib al-Khidr, said. Khartoum has been at war with rebel groups in Darfur since 2003, but much of the conflict has descended into banditry and gangs have kidnapped people for ransom. Neither Switzerland nor Sudan paid a ransom, he added. The Swiss ambassador to Sudan, Daniel Cavegn thanked Sudan for its help in freeing Schenkel. Officials have not named her aid group.

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Abducted Swiss aid worker freed in Sudan's Darfur

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 00:54