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05/23/2011 03:07 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011

Former Aid Worker Flavia Wagner Sues Samaritan's Purse After Being Kidnapped In Darfur

Flavia Wagner, a former aid worker who was abducted and held captive for 105 days in Darfur in 2010, is suing the charity organization who sent her to the dangerous region.

Wagner has brought formal charges against the U.S. evangelical charity Samaritan's Purse for allegedly ignoring warnings that the Abu Ajura area was unsafe for aid workers, Reuters reports.

Wagner was part of an education team conducting assessments in the embattled region of Sudan before she and her driver were taken hostage by armed bandits. The driver was released within days.

The New York Post reports the lawsuit also accuses Samaritan's Purse leader Franklin Graham of refusing to use an insurance policy to pay the ransom to free Wagner from her captors.

According to the New York Post, the lawsuit seeks damages for Wagner's personal suffering during her 105-day captivity.

Wagner was held captive outdoors by more than 20 Arabic-speaking men who repeatedly subjected her to "shocking abuse" that included mock executions and threats that she would be gang-raped and tortured before being put to death.

According to Reuters, both Samaritan's Purse and Clayton Consultants, the firm hired by the charity to communicate with the abductors, have both refused to comment on the allegations.

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