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Saturday 22 July 2017

Parents of captive aid worker ask for prayers

STEPHEN O'FARRELL

THE distraught parents of Sharon Commins, in captivity for 100 days yesterday, thanked the public for their support as they appealed for prayers to ensure her safe return.

Masses were offered across the country for the 32-year-old and her Ugandan colleague Hilda Kawuki (42).

The pair were kidnapped from their compound by armed bandits while working for Irish charity Goal in Sudan in July.

Yesterday, Ms Commins' family was joined by hundreds of local residents at St Gabriel's Church in Clontarf, Dublin, to pray for her safety and release.

Fr Dermot Mansfield, who celebrated the Mass, told the congregation that Ms Commins was somebody who "went the extra mile" in caring for others.

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"She's in this situation and we hope she is protected and held by God and we will redouble our prayers and support in any way we can," he said.

"They just said they appreciated how people are remembering them, the support they get in the area and the parish, and that it really means a lot to them," he said.

An Irish delegation in Sudan is continuing to press for Ms Commins' release.

Irish Independent

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