4. The three men were part of a group of 25 workers who were abducted June 18 by armed men in Kutum, a town about 75 miles from Al-Fashir, the state capitol of North Darfur.
Elgassem, right, greets a friend at El Fasher airport in North Darfur Saturday.
6. However, Elgassem, Elsayed, and Adarge remained in captivity for 32 days.
Members of the joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) escort the freed workers away from a helicopter at the El Fasher airport Saturday.
7. All three men were were unharmed after their time in captivity, according to a statement from UNAMID.
Adarge, left, is welcomed by U.N. representatives Saturday.
Mohamed Ibn Chambas, of UNAMID, thanked the Sudanese government, as well Sudanese security and intelligence, for “their valuable assistance in the safe release of the humanitarian workers.” UNAMID did not provide additional information on the group that captured the men or how they were released.
8. Darfur has been plagued by violence for years.
Adarge, center, after his release Saturday.
Insurgents rose up 11-years ago in Darfur, fighting against what they claimed were Arab elites dominating Sudan, the AP reports. The government then tried to recruit members of Arab tribes into militias, but has since been losing control over those militias. According to a January report, the militias have been the “main source of insecurity in Darfur for two years.”
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