The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for information on the whereabouts of three employees abducted in Syria more than five years ago and last known to have been held by Islamic State.
Breaking its silence on the case, the independent aid agency identified the three as Louisa Akavi, a nurse from New Zealand, and Syrian drivers Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes.
“Following the fall of the last territory held by Islamic State group, we fear there is an extra risk of losing track of Louisa, though we remain hopeful this period will instead open new opportunities for us to learn more about her whereabouts and well-being,” the ICRC said.
“This non-combat team was specifically focused on locating Louisa and identifying opportunities to recover her,” Mr Peters said in an emailed statement.
After being moved by Islamic State forces to Raqqa in 2017, Ms Akavi was seen in Al-Bukamal in late 2018, close to the Syrian-Iraqi border near the Euphrates River, the last concrete information on her whereabouts, he said.