The power of local power: Somali kidnappers release Save the Children staffer

A British staffer for Save the Children is on his way home after being kidnapped in Somalia last week. The articles aren’t entirely clear on who kidnapped him (pirates? al Shabaab?) but what I found interesting is Save the Children’s spokesperson describing the release:

“It was down to the clan elders. They negotiated and organized his release,” Ford said. “It’s just a testament to Somali society that they were able to do this following traditional methods and we are obviously extremely grateful to them.

“The clan elders invited Save the Children into the community to do the work that we do and they saw Frans as a guest,” she said.

Full article here.