Care International workers kidnapped

Two consultants working in Somalia with Care International have been kidnapped. Both men, one British and one Kenyan, had been working on water projects in the relatively stable Puntland area of the country.

They just been hired as surveyors for the construction of jetties in the towns of Hafun and Garaad. They have not been seen since at least last Wednesday.

“We have been informed that the men are unharmed and that village leaders are in discussions for their release,” said David Gilmour of Care International in Somalia. “It is inadvisable for us to say anything else at this time to avoid exacerbating the situation.”

The focus is on a speedy and safe resolution for all concerned, he added.

Care has worked in Somalia since 1981 providing large-scale emergency relief and refugee assistance as well as long-term community projects. In Puntland, the charity supports about 41 communities affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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