Sudan: Kidnapped Italian Aid Worker Released


Tthe release of Francis Azzarà, a humanitarian aid worker for the medical NGO Emergency who was kidnapped in the Darfur region last August, was officially announced by a spokesperson for the Italian NGO, without specifying the details or the dynamics of the events of the release.

“We’re waiting to hear his voice as soon as possible – said Gola – but the news is official, as we have been told by the governor of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur.”

The news was first published the Sudanese Media Center (SMC), considered to be close Sudanese intelligence. The statement simply said that the release had occurred Friday.

Azzarà was kidnapped on August 14, while he was heading by car to the airport in Nyala. He worked as a logistics specialist at a pediatric hospital in the city, one of three facilities that Emergency Medical operates in Sudan.


MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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