Italian Family of Three Released from Mali

Italian Family of Three Released from Mali

Hostage Aid Worldwide gladly welcomes the release of an Italian family of three, Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Donata Caivano & their son Giovanni, from captivity in Mali. The family had been living in a Jehovah’s Witnesses community in the southern city of Koutiala when they were seized by a jihadist group allied with Al Qaeda militants on May 19, 2022. They have finally been freed and can return to their normal lives. The fate of the Togolese helper who was kidnapped with them remains unclear.

Austrian Citizen Herbert Fritz Released by the Taliban in Afghanistan

Austrian Citizen Herbert Fritz Released by the Taliban in Afghanistan

Hostage Aid Worldwide welcomes the release of Austrian national Herbert Fritz from Afghanistan. Herbert was arrested by the Taliban in May 2023 shortly after a far-right magazine published an article he wrote titled “Vacation with the Taliban” in which he gave a positive view of life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and was accused of spying. Herbert was released due to the mediation efforts of the State of Qatar.