Abduction of UN workers in South Sudan condemned

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Stephane Dujarric. UN PHOTO

Efforts are being made by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to secure the release of two staff members who have been abducted in Malakal.

Three individual contractors employed by UNMISS, who were working at the airfield in Malakal were seized by an armed group of 15 to 20 men in uniformed and civilian clothes on 10 October.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says two of the abducted individuals were released the following day.

"The third person is still missing. And on 16 October, a staff member of World Food Programme (WFP) was similarly seized by a group of armed men at the same airfield while he was in the process of boarding a UN flight. The staff member is still missing. UNMISS and the World Food Programme are actively engaging with authorities in Juba, as well as the Upper Nile State authorities, as well as the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and militia groups in Malakal, in an effort to secure the release of the two abducted individuals." (28)

It's still not clear who the abductors are.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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