Statement by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan on the abduction of aid worker in Darfur

Khartoum, 9 October 2017. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas, expressed grave concern over the abduction of Margaret Schenkel, a Swiss aid worker, in North Darfur State on 7 October 2017.

“I am deeply shocked by this incident. Targeting aid workers who provide neutral, impartial and life-saving humanitarian assistance is a crime under International Humanitarian Law,” said Ms. Ruedas.

“I would like to urge all parties to ensure her safe release and well-being,” Ms. Ruedas stated. On 7 October, unknown and unidentified armed persons abducted Margaret Schenkel from her residence in El-Fasher, capital of North Darfur State, at gunpoint.

This is the third incident of aid worker abduction in Darfur over the past two years.

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For further information, please contact UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (ochasudan@un.org).