KHARTOUM, Sudan — A UK aid worker freed after a kidnap ordeal of nearly three months in Sudan‘s Darfur region arrived in the capital Khartoum on Wednesday following his release.
Patrick Noonan stood silently on the steps of a VIP airport terminal, flanked by officials, after a flight from conflict-plagued Darfur.
“He’s been through an ordeal. We were told how strong a man he was and I think that’s true,” Tony Brennan, charge d’affaires of the British embassy, told reporters in a short airport press briefing.
He added that Noonan had come through with “his head held high.”
Asked how he had been treated in captivity, Noonan looked at a reporter and said nothing before he was driven away.
He wore a white collarless shirt, and his face was marked with red blotches.
Noonan earlier told a news conference in Darfur that his captors did not harm him, the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in Darfur said late Wednesday.
It said the captors gave him food but he suffered from a shortage of water.
“He stated that he was allowed to contact his family”, UNAMID said.
“After 86 days in captivity in the South Darfur
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