French Woman Journalist Held Captive in Iraq Freed Yesterday
French journalist Florence Aubenas, who was abducted in Baghdad on January 5, was freed on Sunday along with her interpreter Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi. Aubenas is a foreign correspondent for the newspaper Liberation. Aubenas was one of what the Washington Post reports to be hundreds of Iraqis and foreigners abducted in Iraq since the insurgency began two years ago.
Held hostage for more than five months in what she has called “severe” conditions, during her captivity Aubenas became a symbol for supporters of freedom of the press around the world, reports the BBC. Known as a “high profile” reporter in France, Aubenas had covered stories for Liberation in many part of the world, including Rwanda, Kosova, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan.
Media Resources: BBC News 6/12/05; The Associated Press 6/12/05; The Washington Post, 6/13/05; LA Times 6/13/05
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .