AIA News

November 25, 2005

An Appeal for the Release of Susanne Osthoff

We, the undersigned cultural organizations, are deeply concerned about the safety of Susanne Osthoff and her escort, and we appeal for Susanne’s swift release so that she may be reunited with her family. An archaeologist and humanitarian aid worker, Susanne has worked tirelessly for many years to aid the Iraqi people and to preserve the cultural treasures of Iraq for all Iraqis. She is truly a friend to all the people of Iraq. We appeal to those holding Susanne for her safe release, and for the safe release of her escort, and trust that you will return them to their families who love them.

World Archaeological Congress

Claire Smith, President

Society for American Archaeology

Kenneth M. Ames, President

Archaeological Institute of America

Archaeologists for Human Rights

Sinje Caren Stoyke, Chairwoman

Register of Professional Archaeologists

Charles M. Niquette, President

Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Global Heritage Fund

Jeff Morgan, President

Society for Historical Archaeology

Dr. Judy Bense, President

Saving Antiquities for Everyone – SAFE

Cindy Ho, President

ICON – World Monuments Fund

Angela Schuster, Editor-in-Chief

American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

McGuire Gibson, President

Update: December 19, 2005
Archaeologist Susanne Osthoff has been freed by her captors. She is reported to be in the German Embassy in Baghdad and in good physical condition.

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