Zambian abducted in Darfur released

Felix Ngoma, a Zambian aid worker was released in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region on Friday after 19 days in captivity, peacekeepers said.

Felix Ngoma, who is on the staff of the International Organization for Migration, was the latest kidnap victim in a region where crime and violence have risen dramatically.

He appeared to be unharmed, in good health and will soon fly home to Zambia, the African Union-U.N. Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a statement.

He was abducted in the early evening of July 6 as he drove between UNAMID’s South Darfur regional base and the state capital Nyala, UNAMID said.

“The abductors forced him out of his vehicle at gunpoint,” it said.

Nyala, Sudan’s second-largest city, has been under a state of emergency this month because of insecurity.

UNAMID did not identify Ngoma’s kidnappers but said Sudanese authorities and the Zambian government gave “valuable assistance” in his release.

Three Sudanese employees of the Irish aid group GOAL and the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF were released last weekend after about a month in captivity following their abduction in North Darfur.

 

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