French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

Published:  26 Feb at 2 PM
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A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer.

Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme.

The firm’s president, Francisco Ayala, said that all the other expat employees had left and Isabelle was the only one remaining but she was due to leave any day.

The French woman was kidnapped along with her driver and a Yemeni female colleague when their vehicle was stopped by men in police uniform. Ayala explained that they were then driven around the town before the driver was released; he reported the kidnapping to the authorities shortly after.

Ayala went on to say that the abductors were prepared to free Prime’s colleague, but she refused to leave without her workmate. He revealed that the interior ministry had had contact with the kidnappers, but said he had no further details, adding that they were playing a waiting game at present.

On Prime’s LinkedIn page she says she is a project manager with international experience in America, Europe and the Middle East. She wrote that she has been a “resident consultant” with Ayala since March 2013.
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