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 Leader of relief group kidnapped



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UNIDENTIFIED KIDNAPPERS CAPTURE LEADER OF RELIEF GROUP IN IRAQ

Concern is mounting for the life of CARE International official Margaret Hassan who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Her Iraqi husband, Tahseen Ali, made an emotional plea for her release on Al-Arabiya satellite television. “I would like to tell the kidnappers that we are in the holy month of Ramadan and my wife has been helping Iraq for 30 years and loved this country,” he said.

Hassan, in her early 60s, heads CARE’s operations in Iraq, and the humanitarian organization has suspended operations in the country. European Union Commissioner Poul Nielson said he was “appalled” at her abduction. “She chose to dedicate her life to help the Iraqi people,” he said in a statement.
“Her abduction comes as yet another blow for the humanitarian community, and for all the vulnerable Iraqis benefiting from aid programs.”
No reason was given for Hassan’s abduction, and it is believed that she is unharmed. The kidnapping came as a major setback for CARE which has worked to reduce poverty without making political gestures. Hassan, a naturalized Iraqi citizen, has worked for CARE in Iraq since 1992.


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