Two young aid workers who traveled to Syria were reportedly kidnapped by Islamic extremists and shown in a recently released video clip begging for their lives.
Back in August, 20-year-old Greta Ramelli and 21-year-old Vanessa Marzullo were distributing aid in Aleppo when militants from the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra allegedly kidnapped them. Now, in a newly released video clip that appears to have been recorded on December 17, the two young women warn that they are in danger.
“We are Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo. We supplicate our government and its mediators to bring us back home before Christmas,” Ramelli says in the video. “We are in big danger and could be killed. The government and its mediators are responsible of our lives.”
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Now that the video has been released, Marzullo’s father is revealing that he pleaded with the girls not to travel to Syria.
“What could I do? Vanessa is an adult, a golden girl, brave and responsible,” Salvatore Marzullo explained. “I tried to reason with her, I tried to convince her in every way I could not to do what she had in mind. But when you realize that all your talk, your thoughts, and eventually all your prayers are not heard, what can you do? I could not stop her from doing what she wanted. It's not like you can take a person and tie them down. Tell me what I had to do. Was I wrong? I had to tie her down?”
In the clip, both young women are shown dressed in black chadors with only their hands and faces exposed.
“It looks like they are quite well, despite the difficult circumstances,” Salvatore Marzullo said. “We are happy to have seen them. We remain greatly concerned about their plight.”