8 Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Staff Members are Released In South Sudan

Photo courtesy: Samaritan’s Purse

Eight aid workers belonging to Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian organization have all been released.

In a statement released to CBN News, Samaritan’s Purse says they are “thankful to God for the safe release of our South Sudanese national staff, who had been detained by armed personnel in the Mayendit area of South Sudan.”

The aid workers were kidnapped from a village near Mayiandit, about 420 miles northeast of South Sudan’s capital city of Juba.

“They were all released Tuesday afternoon local time,” Samaritan’s Purse said in the statement.

A South Sudanese military official initially claimed that rebels had demanded food in exchange for their release, but Samaritan’s Purse says that report was untrue.

“There was no ransom request, and they are on the way to a safe location at this time,” a Samaritan’s Purse official told CBN news.

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SOURCE: CBN News

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