Italian aid worker released after 18 months in captivity

May 10 – Silvia Romano, an Italian aid worker kidnapped 18 months ago in Kenya and sold to the international terrorist group al-Shabaab, landed in Rome on Sunday after being freed.

The 24-years-old woman was found in Somalia, 30 km outside the capital Mogadishu, and released thanks to the efforts by the Italian external intelligence agency and Turkey’s MIT intelligence agency.

View of Mogadishu, Somalia (Photo by aliducaale, CC BY-SA 4.0)

She landed in Rome with a special flight and was welcomed by her relatives and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Luigi Di Maio, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are so glad to welcome Silvia back in such a delicate moment for the country. The state is always there, and will always be there,” Conte said.

Later in the same day Romano had to meet prosecutors. Her first words were: “I was strong and resisted.”

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