Home at last

Two female aid workers were set free last week, having spent 107 days held hostage by their captors in the remote mountain region of the Sudan-Chad border.

Sharon Commins and her fellow captive, Ugandan Hilda Kawuki were abducted from their aid office in Darfur in July, and have now been released from a terrifying three-month ordeal. They had to endure mock assassinations, had their food and water heavily rationed, and were held in harsh desert conditions with only a blanket for shelter.

This has been the longest kidnapping so far in Darfur, with previous abductees set free after a couple of weeks. Commins told the press that it was her friendship with Kawuki that kept her going, and helped them endure the abuses they suffered. Both women have now returned home to their families and are enjoying a well earned rest before they return to work.

However, despite a love for the Sudanese people, Commins has expressed some reluctance to return to Darfur; “I think my family will have something to say about that”.

I think it’s incredible that there are people who work in such risky conditions in order to bring aid, medical assistance, and hope to people who desperately need it. I hope they both continue to work in what appears to be a tough but immensely rewarding profession. Inspiring.

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