DRDC - Frontpage_20171009_Statement_Abduction_Margaret_Schenkel_Darfur

09 October 2017


Statement on the Abduction Ms. Margaret Schenkel in Darfur


The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) received information that on Saturday, 7 October 2017, pro-government militiamen abducted Ms. Margaret Schenkel at gunpoint in her home in El-Fashir, capital of North Darfur State and took her to an unknown location. Ms. Schenkel, a Swiss national in her 70s, has been living and working as a volunteer relief worker in Darfur for about two decades during which she rendered immeasurable humanitarian service to the war victims and other poor people of the region, especially assisting malnourished children and their vulnerable families. Ms. Schenkel runs a therapeutic feeding centre for acutely malnourished children and closely collaborates with the health authorities in North Darfur State and officials at El-Fashir teaching hospital.

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