US offers $5 million reward for information on kidnapped aid worker

The US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, through its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have offered a reward of up to $5 million for information concerning the kidnapping of Cydney Mizell, a humanitarian aid worker who went missing in Afghanistan in 2008.

This RFJ reward offer is for information leading to the location, recovery and return of Mizell.

On January 26, 2008, Mizell was abducted along with her driver, Muhammad Hadi, by unidentified gunmen in Kandahar.

Mizell and her driver were likely killed by their captors in 2008, US officials have said adding they believe Mizell is buried in Kandahar or the surrounding area.

At the time of her disappearance, she taught English at Kandahar University and embroidery at a school for girls, and she helped Afghan women develop projects to generate income for their families.

She had lived in Kandahar for three years and spoke fluent Pashto.

The US appeals to anyone with information on this kidnapping to text RFJ via Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp at +1 202 702 7843.

Individuals may also submit information to the FBI at, or to the US Embassy Kabul Regional Security Officer by telephone at +93 070 010 8600.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.