UN CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY OF ABDUCTED AID WORKER
From: UN New York, Apr 01 2003 3:00PM
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The United Nations has voiced increasing concern at the fate of a
humanitarian worker missing in Liberia following the recent release of
three of his colleagues who had also been abducted by an armed group of
The four employees of the UN World Food Programme
(WFP) were among a large group
of relief workers from international aid agencies seized by unidentified
combatants last Thursday following a rebel attack in Zwedru on a transit
camp for 6,000 refugees who had fled violence in Côte d'Ivoire.
"The abductors told the released WFP aid workers their colleague would
be freed on Saturday, but by Monday morning we still had no news about
any such release," the WFP country director in Liberia, Justin
Bagirishya, said yesterday. "As time goes by, we are growing
increasingly concerned about his safety."
The four workers, Wilfred Tokpah, David Pewee, Solomon Fayiah and
Velicious Moulton, are Liberian nationals. Early last Friday all but Mr.
Moulton, established radio contact confirming they had been released.
The group crossed the border into Côte d'Ivoire and eventually reached
the agency's sub-office in the west of the country.