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Margaret Hassan pleads for her life: al-Jazeera
www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-23 02:02:38

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    ¡¡BAGHDAD, Oct. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Margaret Hassan, taken hostage by Iraqi militants, has urged British forces to withdraw from Iraq, the Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV channel reported on Friday.

    "Please help me, please help me," the British-Iraqi hostage was shown saying in a newly aired video.

    She said that she could face the same fate as British hostage Kenneth Bigley, who was decapitated by his captors earlier this month.

    Al-Jazeera said on Tuesday that an unnamed group had abducted Margaret Hassan, head of Care International in Iraq.

    Hassan is married to an Iraqi and has dual British and Iraqi nationality. She is known as a strong supporter of the Iraqis.

    "I won't leave because I think it's important for my staff that I stay with them. The strength comes from us supporting one another," Margaret Hassan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before the outbreak of the Iraqi war in March last year.

    CARE International, the world's largest humanitarian relief agency, has its presence in 72 countries. Enditem

    

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