Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo are the two Italian young women—aged 20 and 21— who went missing in July after being kidnapped while on their second aid trip to Syria.
Just recently, the two missing women were allegedly seen in a video posted online wearing Islamic dress and headscarves with only their faces exposed looking as if they are seated against a wall holding a sign that says “we are in big danger and we could be killed.”
Salvatore Marzullo, one of the captives’ father, said in an interview on CNN that there is no doubt the two women shown on video is her daughter and her companion. Some postings say the video is from al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
In the video, one of them is seen holding a paper suggesting that the video was shot on December 17 while the other is seen reading a statement which states that they supplicate their government as well as mediators to bring them back home before Christmas; further disclosing that they are in big danger and they could be killed and the government and its mediators play a vital role in keeping them safe and alive.
Meanwhile, the Italian intelligence sources, specifically the state-run ANSA news agency, consider the video to be authentic.
Laura Boldrini, speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, said the two women are seeking for help and they are sending out an SOS.
However, Boldrini said the reliability of the video is still to be considered but the situation of the two women she stresses is “distressing.”
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not issued any comment on the video, but reports stated that authorities are currently considering the situation as “very delicate that requires maximum discretion.”
According to Arya News’ report, the video was uploaded on YouTube with a title “Al-Nusra Front detains two Italian employees because of their government’s participation in the coalition against it.”
The two women reportedly volunteered for Horryaty, an aid group in Syria, when they were taken. The Horryaty Facebook page recently posted “NO COMMENT” as their status update.