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Canadian aid worker abducted in Darfur tells French media she's alive

A woman told a French news agency Sunday that she is the Canadian aid worker kidnapped last week in Sudan's Darfur region.

A woman told a French news agency Sunday that she is the Canadian aid worker kidnapped last week in Sudan's Darfur region.

The woman, who identified herself as Stephanie Jodoin, told Agence France-Presse on Sunday via satellite phone that she is alive and being treated well but that she doesn't know her location.

Last Saturday, April 4, two female foreign aid workers, including a French national, who worked for International Medical Aid were taken from the group's compound by armed men in the region.

The group and the Canadian government haven't disclosed the Canadian woman's identity.

It was the second kidnapping of foreign aid workers in Darfur in a month, and it dealt another blow for humanitarian efforts in the country.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir expelled 13 humanitarian organizations from the country after an international court in March issued a warrant for his arrest.

The International Criminal Court accuses al-Bashir of orchestrating atrocities against Darfur's black African population in the region's six-year separatist war.

Last month, Canadian nurse Laura Archer, who was working for Médecins Sans Frontières, was taken hostage in Darfur along with three co-workers. They were released unharmed on March 14.

Government officials said the kidnappers were retaliating for the arrest warrant against al-Bashir.

With files from The Canadian Press