Sudan still holding captured aid worker

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The government of Sudan continues to keep a Norwegian aid worker in custody in Khartoum, following his arrest along with three colleagues late last month.

John Sörbö, a specialist at clearing mines who was working for Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People’s Aid) in South-Sudan, spent the 17th of May holiday in jail. Norway’s ambassador to Sudan, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, told news bureau NTB this week that he’s in good shape, though, and that he was able to visit Sörbö and monitor how he’s being treated.

“He says he’s doing okay and that he’s satisfied with the treatment he’s getting,” Kjemprud told NTB. “But he’s of course beginning to get impatient and hopes something will happen with his case soon.”

Sudanese forces arrested him and three others April 28, alleging that the group illegally crossed the border from South-Sudan into Sudan. The border area is a matter of violent dispute between the two countries. Norwegian authorities continue working to secure Sörbö’s release.

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