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Sudan rebel group SPLM frees 125 prisoners

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Freedom at last! This is the new story for 125 Sudanese prisoners of war who have been released and are back home.

The prisoners were captured by militant group SPLM-North, and are now to go back home after successful release negotiations.

Their release was secured thanks to mediation from Uganda, while the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) played a facilitating role.

The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) had captured the prisoners in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, where the group has been fighting Sudanese government forces for years.

The longest-held prisoners had been captured in June 2009 and the most recent about six months ago.

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