Pregnant Evangelical Relief Worker Re-United With her Husband
KABUL :– The kidnapping of an evangelical development worker from Germany in Afghanistan has found a happy ending. Approximately 36 hours after she was taken hostage in Kabul 31-year-old Christina Meier is safe, in good physical and mental condition and re-united with her husband Thomas.
Matthias Floreck, director of the Christian relief and development agency Ora International in Korbach, Germany, described Christina Meier as a “very strong person”. As he told the evangelical news agency “idea”, the kidnappers had allowed the pregnant woman to contact her husband and German embassy officials by telephone.
Christina Meier has been in charge of the Kabul office of the Christian agency since September 2006. She was abducted from a restaurant in Kabul, August 18. Her husband Thomas, who was with her, managed to escape.
Four armed men dragged her to a waiting car and sped away followed by Afghan security forces. They opened fire, but missed the Toyota. Instead they hit a taxi driver, who was killed.
In a video released by the Afghan TV station Tolo, the kidnappers, apparently not connected with the Taliban, demanded the release of criminals from Afghan jails. Security forces controlled all roads leading out of Kabul and stormed the kidnappers’ hideaway in the evening of August 19. They arrested four suspects.
Christina Meier comes from a farmer’s family in the Black Forest. She has two younger sisters and a brother. She studied at the evangelical Academy for World Mission near Stuttgart and married two years ago.
She has been with Ora International in Afghanistan for a year and wanted to return to Germany in October to have her first baby.
Ora International was founded in 1981 and is involved in humanitarian projects in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Matthias Floreck thanked all Christians who prayed for Christina Meier. The organization also mourns the death of the taxi driver and is thinking of assisting his family.
The organization runs humanitarian projects in 30 countries, since 1991 also in Afghanistan. Approximately 20 international and a large number of Afghan co-workers are engaged mainly in health projects.