Reuters AlertNet – Afghan widows demand release of kidnapped Italian
Afghan widows demand release of kidnapped Italian
17 May 2005 09:02:09 GMT
Source: Reuters
KABUL, May 17 (Reuters) – Several hundred Afghan widows gathered on Tuesday to demand the immediate release of a kidnapped Italian aid worker who had been helping them and thousands of other impoverished widows support themselves.

Clementina Cantoni, 32, from Lombardy, who works for the CARE International aid agency, was kidnapped on Monday after the car in which she was travelling in Kabul was intercepted and blocked by gunmen in another car.

“She was a very kind woman. We ask the government of Afghanistan to take all possible steps for her immediate release,” said Shah Jan, speaking at a dusty aid distribution compound on the outskirts of Kabul.