French Woman Held Hostage In Yemen Begs Authorities To Bring Her Home
A French woman held hostage in Yemen pleaded for authorities to secure her release in an online video appearing Monday.
Isabelle Prime, who works a consultant for Yemen’s Social Fund for Development, appeared frail, wearing a black covering and sitting hunched over in the sand, reports Sky News.
During the 21-second YouTube video, Prime called for French President Francois Hollande and exiled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to help her return home.
Speaking in English, Prime said: “Mr. Hollande and Mr. Hadi, my name is Isabelle, I’ve been kidnapped 10 weeks ago in Yemen, in Sanaa. Please bring me to France fast because I’m really, really tired. I tried to kill myself several times because I know you will not cooperate and I totally understand.”
Prime and Yemeni translator Shereen Makawi were captured by armed gunman while on their way to work in February. Makawi was released in March but Prime remains in captivity, according to Sky News. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction.
Conditions in Yemen have steadily worsened as the Saudi-led military campaign continues targeting Houthi rebel positions inside the country. The Shiite rebels are supported by Iran and ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yemen is also home to al-Qaida of the Arabia Peninsula, the terror group exploiting unstable conditions. (Al-Qaida Freed Hundreds Of Inmates From Yemeni Prison)
French authorities confirmed the authenticity of the video, believing it to be filmed in April, and say they are working to secure Prime’s release, according to The Associated Press.
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