Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

23 May 2014

Sudan: Kidnappers Release Boy Without Ransom in El Fasher

El Fasher — Militiamen released two people on Tuesday, one of whom is a child who has been abducted for two weeks, in North Darfur's capital city on Tuesday.

The release of the nine-year-old Mohamad Yagoub Abdul Karim and a trader coincided with the deadly clash between the army and Border Guards elements in El Fasher city on Tuesday.

The child's father, Yagoub Abdul Karim, said that Mohamad has spent two weeks in the hands of the kidnappers since 7 May. "The pro-government militiamen blindfolded him with a cloth. He has heard the firing of ammunition and fighting between the army and the Border Guards elements, because they were nearby." He revealed that his son was drugged with a cloth and lost consciousness for two days after being kidnapped in the northern El Gubba district of El Fasher city.

Abdul Karim had reported to several Sudanese newspapers that three masked men in a Hyundai Atos with only a rear plate had abducted his son. The kidnappers told him to pay a ransom of SDG250,000 ($43,579) for Mohamad's release. "Intervene to save my son, and control the chaos in El Fasher," he then urged the state authorities. In the end, the chaos in the city between armed groups prompted the release of his son.

Abductions occur frequently in El Fasher city, and North Darfur's Kutum locality, lately, mostly by militiamen or the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In March this year, RSF elements abducted two young men in Donki Baashim in Kutum. A teacher of the Kassab camp secondary school in Kutum has been abducted by militiamen on 15 May. Two young men were kidnapped in El Fasher city on 17 May.

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