Reuters are reporting today that the Kidnappers of Dublin woman Sharon Commins and her Ugandan colleague are demanding two million for their release. The two women were abducted in Darfur on the 2nd of July where they were working with Irish aid agency Goal. I have no doubt that this whole episode is connected to the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir who the ICC accuse of orchestrating genocide in Darfur. Since the warrant was issued on the 9th of March there have been a string of kidnappings of foreigners across the region. These kidnappings are no doubt government sponsored retaliations for the ICC warrant. As Reuters puts it:
A group calling itself the Eagles of Bashir said it seized staff from the Belgian arm of Medecins Sans Frontieres in north Darfur in March. Another group, calling itself the Freedom Eagles of Africa, said it abducted staff from Aide Medicale Internationale in south Darfur in April to demand Paris retry members of Zoe's Ark, a French humanitarian group, convicted but later pardoned over the abduction of children from Chad.
The abduction of these two Goal workers is obviously a similar stunt. In the previous cases all those kidnapped were returned safely so one must remain optimistic. There is no doubt however that this is a great illustration of what a truly vile but typical regime this is. Khartoum basically got a gang of terrorists to do its dirty work for them. Omar Al Bashir is obviously watching with concern the fate of Liberian scumbag Charles Taylor who is sweating in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity, the first African head of state to be brought before the ICC. Here's hoping that one day Al Bashir will meet a similar fate. In the meantime I will keep my readers informed as to the progress of Irish efforts to have Sharon Commins released unharmed.