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Hostage’s wife in cry for help

Mumbai, June 12 (PTI): The wife of a 32-year-old engineer kidnapped from Darfur, Sudan, in March said the family is feeling abandoned and is ready to pay ransom.

Irfan Jaffrey, employed with a firm involved in providing communications services to the UN, was abducted outside a Turkish restaurant on the afternoon of March 12.

The UN is negotiating with the abductors in Darfur.

“We are ready to pay the ransom demanded by the kidnappers. For me, my husband is everything. The no-ransom policies of the United Nations and Indian government are killing us... my husband is in deep trouble. We are feeling abandoned in this crisis. Why is there no one to help us?” Nafisa Jaffrey, 30, Irfan’s wife, said.

“I beg external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to feel our pain and anguish and help me get back my husband,” pleaded Nafisa, holding her seven-year-old son’s hand.

Nafisa stays in Thane. Her husband, an IT engineer with Trigyn Technologies Ltd, used to visit home twice a year.