Oxfam hails release of aid worker in Chad

16th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The charity Oxfam welcomed Wednesday the release of one of its aid worker kidnapped this month in Chad, thanking authorities in the African country for helping secure his freedom.

Hubert Ballaman, who has dual British and Swiss nationality, was abducted in Abeche in eastern Chad on June 6, Oxfam's British arm said.

"Oxfam would like to thank all parties involved, especially the government of Chad, and members of the international community for their efforts to achieve the safe release of our colleague," it said in a statement.

"We would like to commend the courage of Hubert and his family during their ordeal," it added, calling for their privacy to be respected "so that they may have time to enjoy their reunion."

The Chad government announced the aid worker's release on Tuesday.

Premier Emmanuel Nadingar said he had been picked up at Sarne, 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Birak in the east of the country, near the border with Sudan, adding that he and his abductors are in the hands of security forces.

The worker was with a Congolese colleague and a Chadian driver who were earlier released about 70 kilometres (45 miles) east of Abeche.


© 2010 AFP

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