Betty on the News: Dad to Gang who Kidnapped His Son: "Just Kill Him"

Unable to raise enough ransom money, an Iraqi man tells his son's kidnappers to kill him

Betty on the News: Dad to Gang who Kidnapped His Son: “Just Kill Him”

Unable to raise enough ransom money, an Iraqi man tells his son’s kidnappers to kill him

-Margeaux Baulch Klein

 Rasul AmooreAn Iraqi man whose son was kidnapped after a gang mistakenly assumed he was rich told the kidnappers to “just kill the boy” after he wasn’t able to raise enough money for the ransom.

By the third day of negotiating for his 6-year-old son’s release, Rasul Amoore had already sold his car, withdrew all of his savings from the bank, and borrowed money from family and friends. However, he was only able to raise $8000 of the $50,000 the kidnappers demanded.

The gang members eventually dropped their demand to $20,000 but, angered and frustrated, Amoore decided to gamble with his son, Ahmed’s life and told the kidnappers, “Just kill him and I’ll consider that I’ve given his soul as a gift to God.”

Four hours later, Ahmed was released unharmed for only $10,000.

Over the past two years, kidnapping has become the most prevalent crime in Baghdad and, unlike the period of civil unrest in 2006 and 2007 when people were kidnapped and killed for political reasons, kidnappers in Iraq today are more motivated by money. (Times)

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