July 11, 2013 – Today marks one year in captivity for 3 of our staff. In the afternoon of July 11, 2012, we received the shocking news that Muthoni, Abdinoor and Martin were travelling back from a field visit in Puntland and were stopped by gunmen. Our Somali staff, Axmed, was shot in the stomach while our Kenyan staff were captured and taken to some unknown location. Axmed was later taken for medical treatment in Nairobi where he underwent some surgeries to remove bullets. He has now recovered from his wounds and is back home in Somalia.
In spite of lots of communication with different influential people and negotiations with the kidnappers, they have not yet been released. We continue praying for the hostages and those holding them. We appreciate those who in various ways have supported us in this difficult situation and trust that we soon will be able to report good news that our staff has been released.
On behalf of the Crisis Management Team