Mother of German hostage pleads to kidnappers

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8 December 2005, BERLIN - With almost two weeks up since the abduction of German aid worker and archaeologist Susanne Osthoff, 43, in Iraq, her mother issued a renewed appeal Thursday for the kidnappers to let Osthoff go.

8 December 2005

BERLIN - With almost two weeks up since the abduction of German aid worker and archaeologist Susanne Osthoff, 43, in Iraq, her mother issued a renewed appeal Thursday for the kidnappers to let Osthoff go.

"My daughter and her driver were both there to help," said Ingrid Hala in the message, which was transmitted within Germany by the all-news channel N-TV. She said they were people who cared about Iraq.

"I appeal to everyone to help so that these kidnappers are released," said Hala in German, closing with the word "shukran", meaning "thank you" in Arabic. On Friday it will be two weeks since Osthoff disappeared.

Osthoff, a convert to Islam, was kidnapped on November 25 while on the road from Baghdad to Arbil in northern Iraq. Her captors have sent one video message on a DVD, but have not been heard from again.

The leader of Germany's council of protestant churches, Bishop Wolfgang Huber, appealed Thursday for Lutheran and Reformed churches to remember Osthoff and all hostages in their prayers this Sunday.

He published the text of a recommended prayer which says that kidnapping is an insult to God's gift of freedom and dignity to every human being.

DPA

Subject: German news

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