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In the News
Last Updated: 10/19/2004
Margaret Hassan

The kidnappings and ritual executions in Iraq must in the end be counterprodudtive for the cause of the kidnappers. Nothing can be gained by the abduction of Margaret Hassan.

Today's news (19 October 2004) of the abduction of Margaret Hassan, who has worked tirelessly in Iraq for 30 years to benefit the poor and disadvantaged, must leave all of us in a state of shock.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Care International charity says its chief of operations in Iraq has been kidnapped in Baghdad.

Care International country director Margaret Hassan, who has joint British-Iraqi citizenship, was seized Tuesday morning, the charity's London-based spokeswoman Kate Bulbulian told CNN.

Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language TV network, aired a video of Hassan, who was shown sitting in a room. She was talking and appeared anxious.

It showed close-ups of Hassan's identification cards.


Video shows kidnapped aid worker (BBC)
A video of a senior charity worker who has been kidnapped in Baghdad has been broadcast on Al-Jazeera.

Margaret Hassan, who is married to an Iraqi and has lived in the country for 30 years, is head of Care International's Iraq operations.

An unnamed armed Iraqi group, which did not identify itself or give demands, said it had taken the aid worker.

Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned the kidnapping and said the government would do "whatever we can" to help. 


Margaret Hassan, CARE, abducted in Baghdad ................................................................


"TFF's team were privileged to meet Margaret Hassan for hours during its fact-finding missions to Baghdad in both 2002 and 2003. Few - if any - we met were so knowledgeable, so committed to the welfare of the Iraqi people, so concerned about its fate should war come - and so generous with her time as Margaret was.

We at TFF are deeply saddened to learn that she was taken hostage on her way to work on October 19, 2004.

The kidnappers are working against the interests of the Iraqi people. Under no circumstance must their activity be seen as legitimate or otherwise acceptable, also not as an expression of resistance to the unjust war and occupation.

Powerless as we feel, we condemn such actions and hope that she will be released unharmed."

Jan Oberg, TFF director

See the news and background articles to the kidnapping as well as a profile of Margaret Hassan here: