Louisa Akavi NZ Nurse ISIS Hostage.IntlRedCross

Louisa Akavi, 62, a nurse-midwife from New Zealand working for the International Red Cross in Syria, was kidnapped by ISIS five years ago and may still be alive, according to Red Cross and NZ government officials, who kept her abduction a secret since it took place in October 2013 in the city of Idlib, where she had gone with two drivers, also missing, to deliver medical supplies. Now that ISIS has lost all its territory in Syria, NZ and the Red Cross are not only acknowledging the crime but also their longstanding efforts to find her. They have credible reports of sightings in various locations over the years, most recently last December in one of the last ISIS-held towns, and they are showing her photo in the detention camps where other escapees from ISIS are being held. British journalist John Cantlie, kidnapped by ISIS in 2012, is also believed to be alive, officials said. (International Committee of the Red Cross)

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