Hostage International offers independent emotional and practical support to families affected by a loved one held hostage, and to returning hostages.

We offer this through our dedicated team, many of whom have direct experience of this horrific experience.

We believe that no one should suffer alone from this terrible crime and are committed to improving understanding around it.

COVID 19 APPEAL: We are focusing all our efforts on our dedicated family and hostage support service against the backdrop of this crisis. We need your help now more than ever. Please donate.

How can we help?

We’re here to provide emotional and practical support.

  • Services: Support, Training & Education, Advocacy
  • Information: Families, Former Hostages, Organisations
  • Resources: 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

Navigating the complex world of Covid-19 – Terry Waite in conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon

Navigating the complex world of Covid-19 – Terry Waite in conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon

  The importance of ‘living in the moment’ and ‘be kind to ourselves and each other’ as we navigate through this complicated and sometimes isolated world of Covid-19, were among nuggets of advice from our President…

Chris’s story: ex-hostage adjusts to life back home

Chris’s story: ex-hostage adjusts to life back home

It is five years since Chris returned to the UK, after a terrifying ordeal when he was kidnapped when working as a mineral products expert in Nigeria. Hostage International helped him through the difficult time adjusting…

Covid-19 update: A message to our friends and supporters from our Chief Executive, Lara Symons

Covid-19 update: A message to our friends and supporters from our Chief Executive, Lara Symons

Since 2004, when Terry Waite CBE co-founded our charity, we have been providing crucial emotional and practical support to families affected by kidnaps as well as to returning hostages. Against the backdrop of Covid-19, we are…

Adjusting to social isolation

Adjusting to social isolation

As people across the world make adjustments needed to deal with the complexities around Covid-19, for some it may be the first time they are discovering what it means to lose their freedom and experience some…