Saturday 25 May 2019

Nurse kidnapped by Isil five years ago 'may still be alive'

Syria

New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi. Photo: AP
New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi. Photo: AP

Josie Ensor

A New Zealand nurse kidnapped by Isil in Syria more than five years ago may still be alive, says her employer the Red Cross, breaking its silence in attempts to find her.

Louisa Akavi (62) was abducted with two Syrian colleagues in October 2013 while delivering aid in rebel-held Idlib in the north-west.

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) had been in intermittent contact with Isil jihadists holding her, but communication dried up by late 2014.

The 'New York Times' has reported the Red Cross has reason to believe Ms Akavi is alive, because at least two people described seeing her in December at a clinic in Sousa, one of the final villages to be held by Isil jihadists.

There have been other credible sightings, officials said.

Irish Independent

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