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24 Nov 2004
Margaret Hassan (also Madam Margaret) (1945–November 14, 2004?) was an aid worker who worked in Iraq for many years
and was kidnapped and killed there, apparently by members of the Iraqi resistance,
in late 2004.
 She was born Margaret Fitzsimmons in Dublin, Ireland, to parents Peter and Mary
Fitzsimmons. However, most of her early life was spent in London, England, where
her family moved early on. At the age of seventeen, she married Tahseen Ali Hassan,
a twenty-six-year-old Iraqi studying engineering in the United Kingdom. She moved
to Iraq with him in 1972, when she began work with the British Council of Baghdad,
teaching English. Eventually she learned Arabic, converted to Islam, and became
an official Iraqi citizen.
 During the early 1980s Margaret became the assistant director of studies at the
British Council; later in the decade she became director. Meanwhile, Tahseen worked
as an economist. Margaret remained in Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War, although
the British Council suspended operations in Iraq, and she was left jobless at
the end of it.
 Margaret joined humanitarian relief organisation CARE International in 1991,
the aid group having established itself in Iraq during that year. Sanitation,
health, and nutrition became major concerns in the sanctioned Iraq; she became
a vocal critic of the United Nations restrictions. She was opposed to the United
States invasion of Iraq in 2003, arguing before it that the Iraqis were already
“living through a terrible emergency. They do not have the resources to withstand
an additional crisis brought about by military action”.
 Well known in many of Baghdad’s slums and other cities, Margaret was especially
interested in Iraq’s young people, whom she called “the lost generation”. Her
presence could draw large crowds of locals. (
 She was kidnapped in Baghdad on 19 October 2004, and apparently killed some four
weeks later. At the time of her kidnapping she was head of Iraqi operations for


CARE International suspended operations in Iraq because of Hassan’s kidnapping.
The last CARE project Hassan completed was one for children with spinal injuries.
 On 2 November, Al Jazeera reported that the kidnappers threatened to hand her
over to the group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who were responsible for the murder
of Kenneth Bigley. However, on 6 November, a statement purportedly from al-Zarqawi
appeared on an Islamist website calling for the release of Ms. Hassan unless the
kidnappers had information she was aligned with the invading coalition. However,
the statement could not immediately be authenticated.
 On 15 November, U.S. Marines in Fallujah uncovered the body of an unidentified
blonde- or grey-haired woman with her legs and arms cut off and throat slit. The
body could not be immediately identified, but was thought unlikely to be Hassan,
who had brown hair. There was another western woman known missing in Iraq at the
time the body was discovered, Teresa Borcz Khalifa, 54, Polish-born and also a
long-time Iraqi resident, but on November 20 she was released.
 It is not clear who was responsible for Hassan’s abduction and murder, and there
have been no claims of responsibility as with previous abductions.
 The director of the spinal cord clinic she supported in Baghdad, Qayder al-Chalabi,
called her loss a huge blow to all Iraqis. “(The killers) made a very big mistake.
This was a wrong person”, he said on 17 November. “We need to admire and remember
her. We must have a ceremony every year to remember her”. He believes that a statue
should be erected in her honour.
 Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) is one of the largest private international humanitarian organizations in the
world, with programmes in over 72 countries. World-wide staffing exceeds 12,000,
most of whom come from the nation they assist. The group is headquartered in southern
London. The CARE web site says about its name that “when CARE began in 1945, the
name stood for ‘Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe’. As CARE’s activities
broadened, this was changed to the ‘Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere’.
Today the name is used in its own right rather than as an acronym.”
2 Comments leave one →
  1. 24 Nov 2004 10:28 am

    Tare don’ director de spital: this was a wrong person – nu this was a wrong procedure !

  2. AprilSea permalink
    24 Nov 2004 10:46 am

    Asta m-a mirat si pe mine…….. nu stiu ce-o fi vrut de fapt sa zica, sper ca doar engleza lui nu l-a ajutat!

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