New Zealand nurse with Red Cross kidnapped by Isil in 2013 ‘may still be alive’

A New Zealand nurse who was kidnapped by Isil in Syria six years ago may still be alive, her employer the Red Cross has said, breaking their silence in an attempt to find her.

Louise Akavi, 62, was abducted along with two Syrian colleagues in October 2013 while delivering International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) aid in rebel-held Idlib in the northwest of the country.

The ICRC had requested that Ms Akavi’s case was not made public for fear that it may endanger her.