Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Freed Briton feeling 'marvellous'

Save The Children aid worker spoke of his joy after being released by his captors

A British aid worker abducted by masked gunmen in Somalia spoke of his joy after being released by his captors - describing his freedom as "bloody marvellous".

Zimbabwe-born Frans Barnard, who was working for Save the Children, is now on his way to a place of safety six days after his ordeal began, the charity said.

Anna Ford, Save the Children spokeswoman, said they had spoken to him twice since his release.

"We spoke to him and he said 'It is bloody marvellous' - he confirmed that he was safe and well and was confident in the people who were looking after him," she said.

"We can confirm that he has been released by his kidnappers and he is now in the hands of clan elders in Somalia.

"It was those clan elders who organised his release and he is currently on his way to a place of safety. We are just hugely, hugely grateful to the clan elders for everything that they have done.

"It speaks volumes about Somalian society that they were able to organise and resolve this issue despite all the difficulties. We would like to thank everybody who has helped us."

The Prime Minister said he was "delighted" about the release of a British aid worker who was kidnapped by masked gunmen in Somalia.

At Commons question time, David Cameron said: "We've been in close contact with Save the Children over the kidnap of Frans Barnard, who was doing vitally important work on their behalf in Somalia and we're delighted by the news that he's been freed by his kidnappers.

"Let me praise the professionalism of Save the Children and also thank the Somali clan members who were involved in his release. I'm sure it will be good for him to be back with his family after what must have been a very, very frightening and difficult few days."

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