“It is frustrating because I try to explain how it feels, but people can’t understand. That is where Hostage International makes a big difference.

“The charity highlights the effects of kidnap on anyone affected and offers support from people who do understand what it is like, or have experienced this terrible crime.”

A former hostage talking about adjusting to life back home.

 

 

 

How can we help?

Hostage International offers independent emotional and practical support to families affected by a loved one held hostage, and to returning hostages. The team also has extensive experience in delivering training for employers in best practice in family support.

  • Services: Direct emotional & practical support, Training & Education, Policy support
  • Information: Families, Former Hostages, Organisations
  • Resources: Information about kidnapping, Guides, Videos

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Resources & Information

Based on our experience of supporting hundreds of families over many years, we have comprehensive information and resources to support you should a family member or employee be affected by a kidnap.

News and Views

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To celebrate #WorldBookDay on 4 March 2021, authors Terry Waite CBE and Colin Freeman donated a copy of their latest books to give away, each with the offer of a personalised message from the author. The…

My experience: Kidnapped in Somalia

My experience: Kidnapped in Somalia

Colin Freeman, journalist and former foreign correspondent at the Sunday Telegraph, highlights how Hostage International supported his loved ones when he was kidnapped in 2008 One November afternoon back in 2008, my Dad got a phone…

Looking back on 2020 – supporting the families of hostages and former hostages throughout a pandemic.

Looking back on 2020 – supporting the families of hostages and former hostages throughout a pandemic.

Thank you – from our Chief Executive, Lara Symons Hostage International has not been spared the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, but reflecting on this extraordinary and difficult year, I want to say a heartfelt thank…

Thank you all! From Terry Waite CBE on the anniversary of his release

Thank you all! From Terry Waite CBE on the anniversary of his release

A note from Terry,  co-founder and President of Hostage International:  I am notoriously bad at remembering dates. Our twin daughters were born on 12 July and as my wife comes from Northern Ireland I could not…