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Two Missing Aid Workers Found in Baghdad
Two Missing Members of Relief Agency Doctors Without Borders Turn Up Safe in Baghdad

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Two members of the relief agency Doctors Without Borders, missing in the chaos of Baghdad since April 2, turned up safe Friday, the organization said.

The two volunteers, head of mission Francois Calas, 44, of France, and Ibrahim Younis, a 31-year-old logistician from the Sudan, were part of a six-member team that had been working at al-Kindi hospital in northeast Baghdad.

Their four colleagues had returned from a shift at the hospital and found that the men were missing from their quarters. The group suspended operations in the country.

Agency officials said shortly after the disappearances that they believed that Iraqi authorities were holding the men, but authority crumbled when U.S.-led forces conquered the city this week.

Kris Torgeson, a U.S. spokeswoman for the group, said she had no details about the circumstances surrounding the men's capture and eventual release, but that they were in good condition,

"Obviously, the whole organization is extremely pleased," she said.

Arjan Erkel, another Doctors Without Borders volunteer, was kidnapped in the North Caucasus on Aug. 12. The group, known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontieres, said it has received no news about his whereabouts.


photo credit and caption:
An Iraqi boy offers some water to a United States Marine of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, while he was out on patrol Friday, April 11, 2003 in a neighborhood near central Baghdad. Marines patrolled through streets in search of any remnants of resistance as well as intelligence on weapons caches or hiding places of enemy forces. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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