Government: French conservationist kidnapped in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad – A French national working in wildlife conservation has been kidnapped in northeastern Chad by unidentified kidnappers, the governments of both countries said on Saturday.
Jerome Hugonnot was working for the Sahara Conservation Fund in Wadi Fara province bordering Sudan at the time of his abduction on Friday, Chadian government spokesman Aziz Mahamat Saleh said in a statement.
Mr. Saleh said the Chadian government had mobilized all its resources to search for Hugonnot. Several armed groups operate along the Chad-Sudan border.
“We are aware of the kidnapping of one of our compatriots in Chad and are in contact with his family, as well as with the authorities in Chad, in order to promptly pay,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement. freedom for him,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
French media reported that Hugonnot also holds Australian citizenship.
The Sahara Conservation Fund and its partners have spent years in Chad working to reintroduce a species of desert antelope known as the saber-horned antelope.