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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02519-N
Date : 14/04/2019
Title : Syria : the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pleas for information on a New Zealand nurse and two Syrians abducted in 2013
Duration : 00:03:38
Director : unknown
Cameraman : various
Editor : unknown
Person appearing :
STILLHART, Dominik (director of operations, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
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Cameraman : various
Editor : unknown
Description : Statement by Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
“Today we are making a public plea for information about three of our staff members who were abducted in Syria in 2013.
The staff are Louisa Akavi, a dedicated and committed nurse from New Zealand who has been working for the Red Cross ever since 1988;
And also Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes, both Syrians, who have been working for us as drivers and both of them, I know, are loving husbands and caring fathers.
I want to tell you Louisa, Alaa and Nabil: we have continued searching for you throughout all these years and we won’t give up hope to see you once again among us.
Unfortunately and despite all our efforts, we don’t know what’s happened to Alaa and Nabil ever since 2013.
As to Louisa, we know that she is held captive by the Islamic State group and we have repeatedly received credible information about her whereabouts. The last such information dates back as recently as December 2018.
I can’t even start imagining the suffering and hardship Louisa has gone through. What we actually know is that Louisa has been working as a nurse during her abduction which shows her dedication and commitment to the mission and mandate of the Red Cross - caring for people affected by conflict.
Today with the loss of territory of the Islamic State in Syria, the urgency to find our colleagues has reached a new peak. We are thus calling on anybody who has information on Louisa, Alaa and Nabil to urgently step forward and share this information with us.
This is the longest ever abduction case in the 156 years history of the ICRC. The past five years have been beyond difficult for the families and friends of Louisa, Alaa and Nabil who are desperately awaiting for news.
I finally would like to express my heart-felt gratitude to the New Zealand Red Cross and the government of New Zealand. Their committed support to the effort to find Louisa has been invaluable and I know their support will continue.”
Original language : English
Other language : International soundtrack
French title : Syrie : le Comité International de la Croix Rouge (CICR) en quête d’informations sur une infirmière néo-zélandaise et deux Syriens enlevés en 2013
English title : Syria : the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pleas for information on a New Zealand nurse and two Syrians abducted in 2013
Spanish title : Siria : el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) pide imperiosamente información sobre una enfermera neozelandesa y dos sirios secuestrados en 2013
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422