Patients from a Baghdad hospital have left their beds and lined the streets to protest against the kidnapping of a leading aid worker.
Margaret Hassan was snatched from the Iraqi capital on Tuesday as she made her way to the offices of the charity ‘CARE International’. She is a well known figure in the country and has been involved in the rebuilding of many hospitals and schools. Her supporters are furious that extremists have once again targeted an innocent civilian – there to help ordinary Iraqis. “She is a good person, she loves this country,” said one woman. Irish-born Hassan, who has dual British-Iraqi nationality, has lived in the country for 30 years and is married to an Iraqi. Footage of her, and her official documentation, has been aired on al-Jazeera television. CARE has suspended its activities in Iraq in response. It comes just two weeks after the beheading of British hostage Kenneth Bigley.