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NZ criticizes Red Cross for naming nurse held by IS

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on Tuesday criticised the (ICRC) for disclosing the identity of a abducted by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in 2013 in

Vice was speaking on the issue two days after the ICRC made a public call for information about three staff members held captive by the IS for more than five years in the war-torn country, news reported.

The ICRC identified the abducted personnel with their names and countries of origin, describing Louisa Akavi, a citizen of New Zealand, as "an experienced, dedicated and resilient who has carried out 17 field missions with the ICRC and the Red Cross".

Successive governments had since her abduction in October 2013 kept Akavi's capture and her identity secret over fears that it might jeopardise her life.

She was reportedly last seen in January tending to wounded fighters in Al-Baghuz, the last in

"What I said was, was that the message that was being carried (that the government supported the decision to release the information) was balderdash. That's a very polite way of describing how one person has, in my view, dropped the ball so to speak," Peters told

"Not the whole organisation and not the wider international purpose of being engaged there, but I don't want to condemn a highly worthy international humanitarian organization."

The established a group in 2013 to locate Akavi and went on to send a team of special forces and intelligence personnel to and to try to rescue her, said on Monday.

Ardern also expressed her opposition to the ICRC's decision to make Akavi's identity public.

Akavi, who has been working for the Red Cross since 1988, was kidnapped by the IS along with and Nabil Bakdounes, both Syrians, who worked as drivers for ICRC.



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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 14:42 IST