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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
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  • Resources: Information about kidnapping, Guides, Videos

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“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.

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

Hostage shaming needs to stop – you can help

Hostage shaming needs to stop – you can help

Shame is one of the most painful, toxic, and self-destructive emotions a person can have. It involves feelings of guilt, regret, embarrassment, or sadness surrounding the belief that you have done something wrong. Jessica Buchanan, who…

A potted history of Hostage International from co-founders Terry Waite & Carlo Laurenzi

A potted history of Hostage International from co-founders Terry Waite & Carlo Laurenzi

A potted history of Hostage International was shared this week as our co-founders Terry Waite and Carlo Laurenzi reminisced about setting up the charity, in front of an audience on Zoom. As part of our series…

Hostage International launches its first mass challenge fundraiser

Hostage International launches its first mass challenge fundraiser

To mark the 30th anniversary of our co-founder Terry Waite’s release from captivity Hostage International is inviting you to join its Beirut & Back – Challenge for All fundraising event. SIGN UP HERE The virtual event…

“Being a widow is just one label, but it doesn’t define who I am.”

“Being a widow is just one label, but it doesn’t define who I am.”

By Judith Tebbutt for International Widow’s Day It is almost ten years since I was taken hostage in Somalia and my husband was murdered on that same night, leaving me a widow.  We had been on…