Two months after their capture, a new video has been released of two Canadian, one British, and one American hostage held in Iraq. The four peace activists are being held by a group which says this is the last chance for the US-led forces in the country to free Iraqi prisoners, or the hostages would die.
The four men appeared drawn and a lot thinner than they were in November. There has been no news of them since December the 10th, two days before the deadline for their execution expired. The kidnappers accuse them of spying. On January the sixth the wife of British hostage Norman Kember went on an Arabic television station to plead for mercy.On Saturday afternoon a foreign ministry crisis cell met in Berlin to discuss the situation of two German engineers who were kidnapped in Iraq this week. It is working around the clock, and trying to enforce a press blackout so as not to compromise efforts being made to free the two men. Media reports say Berlin paid a four million euro ransom last month to free an archaeologist.