Today marks the 100th day that the GOAL workers, Sharon Commins and Hilda Kawuki, have spent in captivity in Darfur.

The two women were kidnapped by an armed gang which forced its way into a GOAL compound in northern Darfur at the beginning of July.

Sharon Commins, from Clontarf in Dublin, and Hilda Kawuki from Uganda were working for the Irish aid agency GOAL in the northern Darfur town of Kutum.

GOAL Chief Executive John O'Shea said that he wanted to thank the Irish Government and the people for being so supportive over the past 100 days.

However, he stressed that while all that could be done was being done, he could not say when Ms Commins and Ms Kawuki would be released.