Tuesday 20 November 2018

Co-captive gets a hero's welcome

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Freed GOAL worker Hilda Kawuki had an emotional reunion with her four-year-old son in Uganda yesterday.

The 42-year-old nutritionist returned home to a hero's welcome at Entebbe International Airport, where she tearfully greeted her son Amanu and her mother, Anne.

Accompanied by Uganda's ambassador to Sudan, Betty Aketch, and a delegation of officials from GOAL, Ms Kawuki said she and Sharon Commins had been determined to survive their ordeal and get out, even if it took years.

She said: "Even If I had to crawl out of there, see my family for five minutes and then drop dead, that's fine. I'd be happy with that. I had no doubt I was going to get out."

She said that despite their horrific ordeal, which included being subjected to mock executions by armed men who forced them to kneel while their captors shot around them, they were treated "fairly well under the circumstances".

"There was a lot of intimidation. But when you look at it, we were very lucky. We had no idea when we would be released; it was 106 days. On behalf of Sharon, thank you for your support," she told the press.

Irish Independent

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