New Zealand Sends Special Forces to Syria to Rescue Daesh Hostage


Details of the kidnapping of Louisa Akavi had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed on Sunday for news about the 62-year-old nurse and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013.

Breaking its silence on the case, the independent aid agency identified the three kidnapped as Akavi and Syrian drivers Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes. New Zealand revealed Monday that it had dispatched a special forces unit to Syria to search for Louisa Akavi who was abducted by Daesh* some six years ago.

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For six years, a shroud of silence surrounded the life of the New Zealander held hostage by Daesh. According to the New Zealand Herald, media across New Zealand held back, encouraging other media outlets to do so as well, after the family of Louisa Akavi received an email from Daesh. Her terrorist kidnappers told her family she would be killed if her 2013 capture was made public.

Louisa Akavi had dedicated her life to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable, as she set out as a young nurse in the mid-1980s, in search of places where she could best help people. “It does become a little bit hard, but it is the small things,” she told the Kapiti Observer in 2010. “It’s working with the national staff who do the best they can. I don’t know why I still do it. It’s something I do well. I know…

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