THE SUDANESE government says it is doing everything in its power to secure the release of a Dublin aid worker and her Ugandan colleague, both of whom worked for Irish aid agency Goal, after they were kidnapped in Darfur last week.
Unfortunately, Darfur is not controlled by the government, but the war lords who are at war with the government. They just about permit agencies to distribute aid but even so they take 50% of it, according to friends of mine who work there.
Hope they are released unharmed. As John O'Shea says, it is unlikely to be a political grab. Rather some war lords hoping to raise cash to continue the war.
ETA: my information comes from people on the ground and some of it is in dispute.