The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is making a public call for information about three staff members kidnapped in 2013 while delivering medical supplies in Idlib

Louisa Akavi, a citizen of New Zealand, is an experienced, dedicated and resilient nurse who has carried out 17 field missions with the ICRC and the New Zealand Red Cross.

Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes, both Syrian nationals, worked as ICRC drivers who delivered humanitarian assistance in the country.

The ICRC was informed that Louisa Akavi was still alive in December, 2018. But, unfortunately, there is still no reports on Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes.

The three were traveling in a Red Cross convoy that was delivering supplies to medical facilities in Idlib province when armed men stopped the vehicles on October 13, 2013. The gunmen kidnapped seven people, four of them were released the next day.

Please, if you have any information about the ICRC workers, please contact:

  • +963 953 555 745

For more information, please contact:

  • For the International Committee of the Red Cross:
    Ewan Watson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 244 64 70
    Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 251 93 02
    Sara Alzawqari, ICRC Beirut, tel: +961 3 138 353
    Matt Morris, ICRC London, tel: +44 7753 809471
    Anna Nelson, ICRC Washington, tel: +1 202-255-2715
    Pawel Krzysiek, ICRC Bangkok, tel: +66 81 950 12 70
  • For the New Zealand Red Cross:
    Ellie van Baaren, Communications Manager, New Zealand Red Cross, tel: +64 27 541 1267

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