Birthplace: Masera, Piedmont, Italy
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Victim
Executive summary: Marxist journalist, kidnapped in Iraq
Employed by the Communist organ Il Manifesto since 1988, Sgrena was visiting Iraq when she was abducted outside a refugee camp located near the University of Baghdad. She was released unharmed in March after negotiations by Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari involving a ransom of over $1M that was reportedly paid to the kidnappers. After her release, an American military unit fired at their automobile as they were transiting by night to Baghdad International Airport, killing Calipari.
Father: Franco Sgrena (railroad worker, Communist Party member)
Boyfriend: Pier Scolari
Il Manifesto Reporter, 1988-
Kidnapped 4-Feb-2005, Iraq
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