CARE International said today that the whole organisation is taking every possible step to secure the release of Margaret Hassan, CARE's Country Director in Iraq, who was abducted yesterday morning in Baghdad.
has set up a special team of senior staff to deal with the situation.
All relevant avenues are being pursued and CARE
is in contact with Margaret's family.
It would not be helpful or appropriate to detail the steps that are being taken.
is an Iraqi citizen and is married to an Iraqi.
For the last decade, despite all the problems and dangers, Margaret
has implemented humanitarian programmes in Iraq through CARE International
is an independent, non-governmental agency.
has had no involvement with the war, other than trying to assist people throughout the conflict.
Before the war, she
was outspoken in warning of the potential humanitarian cost of any military action.
has been providing humanitarian relief with non-government organisations to the people of Iraq for much of her
humanitarian work has helped the poorest and neediest Iraqis for 25 years.
work with CARE
has assisted women and children with health care, rebuilding hospitals and providing water and sanitation services.
has decided temporarily to suspend its Iraq programmes in the current circumstances.
Despite the dangerous post-war environment, Margaret Hassan
chose to continue assisting those most in need.
We are hopeful she
will soon be released to continue to help the Iraqi people to rebuild their lives.