Dutch aid worker released in Kabul, after 81 days

Dutch aid worker Anja de Beer recovering at Dutch Embassy in Kabul, after abduction by unknown gunmen

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Downtown Kabul. Anja de Beer had been posted in Kabul for several years and was working for the Swiss NGO Helvetas when she was snatched-Archived

An abducted Dutch aid worker has been released, after being held for 81 days, the Dutch Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.

Anja de Beer is an experienced aid worker who spent more than 15 years working for UN agencies across the globe for humanitarian relief. Her latest humanitarian contribution was for the Swiss non-governmental organisation, Helvetas in Kabul's Taimani area, where she was abducted at gunpoint in broad daylight. 

The ministry said that she is "doing pretty well considering the circumstances." She's currently recovering from the trauma in the Dutch Embassy in Kabul.

De Beer told Dutch public media NOS that she had been "treated well" by her abductors. "They gave me food and drink and I was not mistreated," she said.

However, she was detached from the outside world, and was only given a few hours' notice prior to her released, she added.

De Beer was captured on June 22, outside her office in the Taimani area in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, by four unidentified gunmen. 

TRTWorld and agencies