Iraq: Activists demand inquiry into German national kidnapped in Baghdad

Activists held a press conference in Baghdad on Tuesday, in the light of the kidnapping of Hella Mewis, a German national and curator who was working as the head of the Tarkib art center in the Iraqi capital, calling for an investigation to «find out her destiny.» «Yesterday we heard about the abduction of Hella Mewis. She is an artist who lived in Baghdad since a long time ago. I tried to contact her but the number is unreachable. You know, the first thing you realize when someone is kidnapped in Baghdad, is that the telephone number is unreachable,» said Zekra Sarsam, artist and an activist. «At the offices there is a surveillance camera which recorded the kidnappers and clearly shows their vehicle. And then everyone keeps quiet with their mouths closed. Nobody cares and nobody answers our inquiries,» she added. Shorouq Al-Abayji, Member of Parliament and civil rights activist, added, «We really need to know her fate as soon possible. This is the responsibility of all parties and it concerns them all. We demand the investigation into the case and that we find out her destiny.» Mewis was reportedly leaving the art centre on Monday night when a white pickup truck and another vehicle approached her and took her away. In addition, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that police officers witnessed Mewis's kidnapping, but did not intervene.

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