Italian Hostage Clementina Cantoni Video

UPDATE 6/09: Clementina Cantoni has been freed!!! Click here for 6/09 update announcing the CARE International aid worker's release.

Clementina Cantoni was abducted from her car in Kabul on May 16th. The 32 year old Cantoni works for CARE International, the same organization that executed hostage Margaret Hassan worked for. Unlike Hassan, though, Cantoni was working in a country who's occupation and invasion was approved by the UN. So much for the international cooperation theory of terrorism......

Photo right: A still image from the Clementina Cantoni hostage video.

On the streets of Kabul today, hundreds of Afghan women took to the streets to protest Cantoni's plight. CARE International has helped countless women receive food aid in that nation's capital.


A video of a kidnapped Italian aid worker was broadcast yesterday on Afghan television, showing her wrapped in a brown blanket and flanked by two men aiming rifles at her head -- a tactic reminiscent of Iraqi abductions....

In the video, Clementina Cantoni, 32, a CARE International worker, responded to prompts from a man not shown on the video, identifying herself and naming her father, mother and an uncle.

The tape, broadcast by independent Tolo TV, then zoomed in on her face. She had a blue scarf on her head, spoke quietly and looked nervous.

It was not clear when the recording was made. But near the end, the man speaking off-camera asked Cantoni the date.

"Today is May 28, Sunday," she said. The date referred to Saturday and the discrepancy was not explained.

Cantoni was abducted May 16, dragged from a car by four armed men on the way to her Kabul home. She has been in Afghanistan since 2002 and was working on a project to help Afghan widows and their families.

Italy's foreign ministry confirmed the woman on the video was Cantoni.

Posted by: Rusty at 01:07 PM


1 Probably another Italian commie terror symp.

Posted by: Carlos at May 30, 2005 01:44 PM

2 If one of you pays for the ticket to Baghdad, I will spend half of August hunting terrorists. I'm sick of them targeting people from EU, even if not Scandinavians.

Posted by: A fatwad Finn at May 30, 2005 03:25 PM

3 Carlos:
no, she's not known as a left wing person, that's why she received so little sympathy in Italy. Here there have been "good" hostages like Giuliana Sgrena and "bad" ones, like Fabrizio Quattrocchi.
At a rally for freeing Sgrena some hundred thousand people showed up, at a similar rally in Rome in support of Clementina Cantoni a very few hundreds. This says it all.

Posted by: Buzzurro at May 30, 2005 04:03 PM

4 Buzz,

perhaps she's a devout catholic.

Posted by: Carlos at May 30, 2005 04:29 PM

5 So Finn, you're okay with them targeting Americans, but not EUropeans? Personally I'm shocked to think they would do such a thing, since you guys seem to spend most of your time lately ass up/face down for them. Besides, you don't have to go to Baghdad to hunt them, just go to Oslo, it's closer, the food is better, and they're easier to spot.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at May 31, 2005 06:01 PM

6 Yeah, well, beating up Muslims in areas with racial equality laws counts as racism, so I need to get to a war zone. Yes, I'm okay with them targeting media people and US military personnel, but taking US rebuilders is as wrong as taking non-military EU-citizens. Pfft, ass up/face down might be your position in the evenings, but Muslims like us because we've never had anything negative to do with them, and we can blame invading Turkey on Russians, since we were just a grand-duchy following orders.

Posted by: A fatwad Finn at June 01, 2005 03:42 AM

7 Dunno much about the rest of the Fourth Reichs point of view on Muslims, but I think most of the countries have/had soldiers and machinery in Iraq, so at least those aren't kissing Allahs butt.

Posted by: A fatwad Finn at June 01, 2005 03:49 AM

8 God Bless Clementina!

I agree! I'll go too to hunt terrorist, it's sick what they are doing. How "brave" can be someone to kidnap a defenceless WOMAN and wave their arms in front of her head if she could do something to them!!!


Posted by: elmachoxp at June 07, 2005 02:47 PM

9 Clementina Cantoni was freed.

Posted by: Buzzurro at June 09, 2005 01:27 PM

10 I am very happy to heard that news Clementina Cantoni has been safe release from terrorist organization in Afghanistan, I congratulate Care and Clementina Cantoni, she works so good for poor people, and our prayers work-out, May Allah give her long life. My best regards to her.

Posted by: Jan-Mohammed at June 10, 2005 01:29 PM

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