Thursday, March 12, 2009

Darfur kidnappers demand ransom for 3 aid workers, including Cana


Kidnapped Nurse

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Nice way to show your appreciation, now the group has pulled out all Doctors and medical staff from the region, leaving Darfur without medical aid.

Laura Archer is pictured in this undated handout photo in Sudan. The Montreal nurse is among three Médecins Sans Frontières workers abducted in Darfur Wednesday. (MSF/Canadian Press)

Darfur kidnappers demand ransom for 3 aid workers, including Canadian

Abductors holding a Canadian nurse and two other employees of the Belgian branch of Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan's Darfur region are demanding a ransom, according to Sudanese media.

CBC News

12/03/2009 4:41:12 PM

No further details were available. The general director of the Canadian arm of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) told reporters that Laura Archer, a nurse who was living in Montreal before leaving for Darfur, was one of those abducted.

Marilyn McHarg, speaking at a Thursday news conference in Toronto, said the abduction was "very much unexpected." "There has not been an abduction like this in Darfur before," she said. Mauro D'Ascanio, an Italian doctor, and Raphaël Meunier, a French field co-ordinator were also abducted, Médecins Sans Frontières said in a statement.

Two Sudanese employees were also taken but were soon released, the group said.

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