Should ransom have been paid to release American hostage in Uganda?

Arturo Kim
April 8, 2019

On Sunday, Ugandan authorities confirmed that the American tourist, Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and her Ugandan driver, Jean Paul, had been successfully rescued recovered safe and sound after a ransom was paid for their release.

They were released unharmed yesterday in an exchange for ransom near Uganda's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to local reports.

A USA tourist and her guide have been rescued after they were kidnapped at gunpoint while on safari in Uganda.

An American tourist and her guide abducted in Uganda last week were released after a "negotiated settlement" was reached with the kidnappers, the firm that organised her safari said on Monday. The kidnappers had used one of the hostages' phones to make an initial demand of $500 000.

Four men had held them up at gunpoint Tuesday evening and then "grabbed two out of four. before disappearing with them", police said in a statement.

The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing. Endicott and the guide were taken back to a lodge at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Both were said to be safe.

Kimberly Endicott, 56, of Costa Mesa, California, and Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo were freed from their captors with the help of the Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies, the Government of Uganda wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.

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"Maybe we need to appreciate the fact that these people did not have a ranger guide, the time they went for a game drive", he said.

The American woman who was kidnapped while on safari in Uganda has reportedly been returned after the ransom her captures demanded was paid.

Enanga made no mention of any payment and declined to provide further details due to "future operational security and tactical reasons".

"We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen hostage was recovered on April 7 by Ugandan security officials", a State Department spokesperson told CNN.

Endicott's kidnappers are at large and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the country's security forces "shall deal with these isolated pockets of criminals".

"Pleased to report that the American tourist and tour guide that were abducted in Uganda have been released", President Trump tweeted Sunday.

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