Sudan finally allows meeting with jailed aid worker

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Norway’s ambassador to Sudan, Jen-Petter Kjemprud, was finally allowed to meet with jailed Norwegian aid worker John Sörbö, five days after he was arrested while on a mine-clearing mission along the disputed border between Sudan and South Sudan.

Sörbö, who was working for Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People’s Aid) when he was arrested, is an expert at clearing mines. He and two other colleagues had allegedly strayed into Sudanese territory when they were arrested.

A spokeswoman for Norway’s Foreign Ministry said Sörbö was in good health and good spirits when he met with Kjemprud, and claimed he was being treated well since his arrest last weekend. Norwegian authorities were working with officials from the United Nations and hopeful he would soon be released.

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