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Jewish Agency offers $27.5k reward in case of missing Israeli girl

Ethiopian immigrant Haymanut Kasau, 9, was last seen in Safed on Feb. 25.

Israeli police seen during a search for 9-years-old Hymanut Kasau, at a forest in the northern Israeli city of Safed, March 10, 2024. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.
Israeli police seen during a search for 9-years-old Hymanut Kasau, at a forest in the northern Israeli city of Safed, March 10, 2024. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

The Jewish Agency is offering a reward of 100,000 shekels ($27,500) for information leading to the location of an Ethiopian Israeli girl who went missing from the northern city of Safed late last month.

Nine-year-old Haymanut Kasau was last seen on Feb. 25 at around 7:30 p.m. at the immigrant absorption center where her family lives. A security camera captured the last time she was seen before going missing at the main entrance to the complex where she had been distributing election pamphlets to residents.

Kasau is a third-grader at the Shevet Sofer school in Hatzor Haglilit near Safed. She has lived with her family at the immigrant absorption center for three years since they immigrated from Ethiopia.

“This is a most unusual case, and not only because of the victim’s age and the significant period of time that has elapsed since her disappearance,” said Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov, the director of the Israel Dog Unit, a civilian K9 search and rescue group, at the time of her disappearance, according to Israel National News.

“We have no records of an otherwise ordinary girl disappearing for such a long time in a heavy-traffic urban area. It is most disturbing that there is so far not even a single testimony about her,” he added.

“We pray that we will find her in time, and ask the public to distribute her picture and immediately send any information that may help locate her to our hotline at 054-487-6709,” he said.

Haymanut Kasau is described as being 1.20 meters (3’11”) tall and slim with dark hair and dark eyes. She was wearing pink pants, a black skirt and a white shirt at the time of her disappearance.

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