Back

The Chad News Archive

Kidnapping Along the Chad/Sudan Border

Reuters Canada
By Yara Bayoumy KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Kidnappers holding two foreign aid workers in western Sudan's volatile Darfur region said on Saturday talks with the government of neighboring Chad had stalled. Canadian Stephanie Joidon and Frenchwoman Claire Dubois were seized at gunpoint from their compound in the south Darfur settlement of Ed el Fursan on April 4. Their kidnappers want Paris to retry members of Zoe's Ark, a French humanitarian group, convicted but later pardoned over the abduction of children from Chad. The exact nature of the Chad talks have not been revealed but the kidnappers had been hoping Chad would pressure France into reopening the case. "The negotiations were not successful. Tension will rise in this situation," an unidentified kidnapper told Reuters via satellite phone near the Chad border. "The delegation returned yesterday because we wanted to guarantee its safety." Earlier this week, the group calling itself the Freedom Eagles of Africa said a team would meet a senior Chad official for talks. The kidnapper said Dubois was ill and her health was deteriorating. "We've moved them to another place. The French hostage isn't in good condition and still has diarrhea. The hostages are eating one meal a day and we are drinking out of unhealthy wells," the kidnapper said. "The French woman may become a victim." Six members of Zoe's Ark were jailed in 2007 for trying to fly children aged between one and 10 out of Chad to Europe. Chad said they had no authorization to take the children out of the country.
Go to source site        View all articles

news archive

Reuters (2/13/15)
Boko Haram Attacks...
Boko Haram Attacks Village in Chad as Revolt Spreads...more
Wake Forest News (7/15/14)
Chadian Aboubaker Ousman Graduates Law S...
Aboubaker Ousman of N'Djamena, Chad, has earned a Master of Laws in American Law (LL.M.) ...more
Reuters (10/22/2013)
Chad Lifts CNPC Suspension...
Chad has allowed China National Petroleum Corporation to resume operations suspended in August for violations of environmental standards...more
Bloomberg (6/24/2013)
Chad Signs Water Deal...
Chad's government signed a 12 million-euro ($16 million) agreement with France for a water project in the capital, Ndjamena,...more
Reuters (6/18/2013)
Chad Arrests Elephant Poacher...
Authorities in Chad have arrested a suspected member of a poaching gang accused of slaughtering nearly 200 elephants...more
The Guardian (5/30/12)
The Charcoal Challenge...
Nelly Benoudjita's eyes sparkle behind her horn-rimmed glasses as she stirs a huge vat of boiling oil,...more
AFP (5/9/12)
Chadian Shoots at French...
A man thought to be a Chadian soldier shot at two French soldiers as they left a military base near the capital N'Djamena...more
All Africa (4/4/12)
Malnutrition in Chad...
As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk...more
more news

Chad Newsletter Chad news alerts, content updates

Enter your email

Unsubscribe