Fadi Fadel Heads Home
IRC aid worker Fadi Fadel has traveled to Amman, Jordan, a first stop on his way home to Montreal, Canada after being freed yesterday in Najaf by a local militia that held him captive for 10 days.
“I never lost hope,” Fadel told his IRC co-workers during an emotional reunion. “I knew there were a lot of people who were working hard for my release and I tried to stay positive.”
Fadel said he's tired, but otherwise feels fine, and looks forward to seeing his family as soon as possible.
Travel dates to Montreal have not been set, but he's expected to fly home within days.
While in Amman, Fadel is resting and receiving medical check-ups. He was transported to Baghdad Saturday by motor vehicle, following his release in Najaf. He was then flown to Amman on an AirServ flight.
IRC's president George Rupp said Thursday that the IRC is elated and relieved that Fadel was released and he thanked the IRC staff in Iraq, members of the Iraqi community in Najaf and Canadian officials who took part in efforts to free Fadel. He also said the IRC's thoughts are with the families of hostages who remain in captivity.
In Iraq, Fadel was coordinating IRC programs that benefited more than 10,000 vulnerable children and youth in and around Najaf and Karbala.