BY EMMANUEL REUBEN
WELLINGTON : New Zealand’s foreign minister confirmed that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years.
The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is unknown, but her employer, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), says it has received recent eyewitness reports suggesting she might be alive.
Information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk.
The collapse of the Islamic State group has raised hopes that Akavi and the two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her might now be discovered.
In a statement, the ICRC said that as recently as December, Akavi may have been seen by at lest two people at a clinic in Sousa, one of the Islamic State group’s last outposts.