The Perth father of an Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped in has made an emotional plea for her return.
Brian Wilson, 91, said he was extremely worried for his daughter, as 60-year-old Katherine Jane Wilson, also known as Kerry.
“Do your level best, come back safe and sound,” he said in a .
Wilson was abducted early on Thursday morning in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, where she was working for Zardozi, a small Afghan NGO
According to security sources not authorised to speak on the record, around 5.30am on Thursday morning, at least three men entered the NGO’s guesthouse in Jalalabad, went to Wilson’s room in the compound and abducted her. According to some reports, the men were dressed in security uniforms and carrying fake ID’s.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Wilson had only been in Jalalabad for a few days, and a kidnapping of this sort would often require lengthy surveillance, unless the kidnappers had insider information about her movements. Jalalabad police have reportedly detained more than a dozen Zardozi employees for questioning.
“I presume she’s a hostage, and that they’ll do their best to keep her alive and not harm her, simply because they want to have something or other in return and it’s not very good having a dead hostage,” her father told ABC.
“She’s on the security network, it’s always dangerous. There’s always peril in the background.”
Wilson had worked in the region for more than 20 years with charities related to women’s rights and water security, he said
, of which Wilson is executive director, helps women in poor urban areas start small businesses selling handicrafts and clothing to shopkeepers and traders.
She was previously chief of programmes with the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan refugees.
Three foreign aid workers in Afghanistan were abducted, and later released, last year - two in Kabul and one in the northern province of Kunduz - but kidnappings in the eastern part of Afghanistan are rare.