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September 08, 2004

Kidnapped in Iraq

Bert Sacks of Seattle, an opponent of the war in Iraq who traveled there several times to donate medicine, writes that two of the aid workers he knew, Italian women both named Simona, have been kidnapped.

He received this from one of his correspondents, who wrote:

"In Baghdad we used to go to the ‘Italian house’ often. For good food, real coffee and great company. It was a large house, lots of marble, nice garden, spacious rooms. Downstairs were the offices of three Italian aid agencies. Upstairs was the living area for the girls.

Simona and Simona, two bubbly young Italian girls were always ready to socialise. They hosted the New Years Eve party of our little community of aid workers, volunteers and independent journos. Their house always felt like a haven from the violence of Baghdad outside.

Today the violence came to them. Simona, Simona and two Iraqis were kidnapped by 20 armed fighters who stormed their house. "

Sacks writes, “It's the first time I'm aware of something really bad happening to one of the people I've met and known in Iraq. It is so terrible.”

There are now more than 1,000 American deaths in the war. Of course these two women, if killed, are not Americans and would not be counted.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at September 8, 2004 03:56 PM



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