There is a collective sigh of relief in Germany with news that aid worker and archaeologist Susanne Osthoff is free after weeks of being held hostage in Iraq. The 43-year-old speaks fluent Arabic and is a convert to Islam. Her family celebrated with champagne at their home in Munich.
Susanne’s mother told reporters it was the best Christmas present ever, the “best feeling anyone could have”. She said she did not expect that her daughter would be released so quickly.
Her friends are also celebrating. One of them said despite what happened she could imagine that Susanne would continue to love Iraq and its people.
People maintained a vigil ever since the aid worker was abducted just over three weeks ago. The German government has not given precise details about how her freedom was secured. Meanwhile, an Iraqi militant group says it has killed a U.S. security consultant named as Ronald Schultz, who was abducted earlier this month.