Reports that Irish-born aid worker, Margaret Hassan has indeed been killed by her Iraqi kidnappers have provoked shock and disgust both in her homeland and in Iraq itself. In the streets of Baghdad, close to the hospital where she worked, locals reacted to the news. One woman said: “It is a crime and even God will not accept it. She was a good woman who did a lot of good things for the Iraqis, why have they done this?”
A man added: “This act shows us how bad the terrorists are and gives us a clear picture of those people who are claiming to be the opposition.” Hassan had been in Iraq for thirty years when she was kidnapped four weeks ago.
While her apparent assassination has yet to be confirmed, there appears little doubt after a video showing a female hostage being shot in the head was passed to al-Jazeera TV. Her Iraqi husband appealed for her body to be returned. “I beg those people who took Margaret to tell me what they have done with her. If they can’t tell me, they can call the helpline. I need her. I need her back to rest in peace,” he said. And in Kenmare in Ireland, where Margaret Hassan’s family lives, residents tried to make sense of it all in the local church.