“Today with the loss of territory of the Islamic State in Syria, the urgency to find our colleagues has reached a new peak,” the ICRC said.
Witnesses have reported seeing Akavi carrying out medical duties at clinics and hospitals under IS control.
“What we actually know is that Louisa has been working as a nurse during her abduction which shows her dedication and commitment to the mission and mandate of the Red Cross — caring for people affected by conflict,” the ICRC said.
Akavi is a veteran aid worker who was on her 17th field mission with the ICRC since joining organization in 1987.
cw/se (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
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