Abducted French aid worker in Darfur ill

18th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

A French aid worker abducted two weeks ago in Darfur along with a Canadian colleague is ill, her kidnappers told AFP on Saturday.

NYALA - A French aid worker abducted two weeks ago in Darfur along with a Canadian colleague is ill, her kidnappers told AFP on Saturday.

"She is ill. She has had diarrhoea for the past three days," one of the abductors told AFP in the southern Darfur city of Nyala by satellite telephone. The kidnapper who phoned AFP did not give further details.

But Canadian aid worker Stephanie Jodoin confirmed that Dubois was ill.

"She has some fever," Jodoin said, in the same telephone call, adding that Dubois had no access to medical care.

Asked about her own condition, Jodoin said: "Some days I'm fine, others not."

Armed men had kidnapped the pair, who work for French aid group Aide Medicale Internationale, from their office in South Darfur's capital Nyala, about 100 kilometres (65 miles) from the border with Chad, on 4 April.

The kidnappers said they had contacted the aid group to inform them of the condition of Dubois. Contacted by AFP, the spokesman of the aid group Frederic Mar declined to comment.

Last week one of the kidnappers named his group as the "Falcons for the Liberation of Africa", saying it was composed of former rebels and members of Arab tribes in Darfur.

He said that a French group had been targetted to "send a message to the French government to try the people who kidnapped children from Chad."

In 2007, Chadian authorities arrested six workers with a French aid group and accused of them of illegally trying to take 103 Darfuri children to France. They were sentenced to eight years in jail but were pardoned three months later by Chadian Prime Minister Idriss Deby Itno.

The kidnapping of the two aid workers was the second such act in Darfur since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on 4 March for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir for alleged war crimes, including genocide, in Darfur.

Four workers with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), three of them foreigners, were kidnapped at gunpoint from their Darfur home on 11 March. They were released four days later.

Sudan had expelled 13 aid agencies immediately after the ICC issued the warrant for Beshir.

AFP / Expatica

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