John McCarthy CBE joins Hostage International as first patron

We are delighted to announce that former hostage John McCarthy CBE has joined Hostage International as our first patron.     John has supported many of the charity’s events, so was asked by our co-founder and president, Terry Waite...

My experience: Living a happy and constructive life beyond In Amenas

16 January 2013 is a date that Nick Hitch was convinced he would not survive when militants linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria where he worked as a manager. A decade on, rarely a...

Season’s Greetings from Terry Waite CBE

Season’s Greetings from Terry Waite CBE

Once again many across the world are facing a Christmas when restrictions may have to be in force, as the latest Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads. Understandably many people will be disappointed and some will…

My experience: I’m running for my brother

My experience: I’m running for my brother

One woman’s brother was kidnapped in Latin-America a few years ago and every day she lives with the fact that he has never been found. She now lives in the UK with her family. Here, she…

WE MADE IT –  BEIRUT & BACK – CHALLENGE FOR ALL!

WE MADE IT – BEIRUT & BACK – CHALLENGE FOR ALL!

To mark the 30th anniversary of our co-founder Terry Waite’s release from captivity, Hostage International embarked on its first ever challenge fundraising event in September 2021 to raise much-needed funds for the charity. More than £10,000…

My Experience: Ten Years on from Being Kidnapped

My Experience: Ten Years on from Being Kidnapped

Hostage International trustee and former hostage, Judith Tebbutt, reflects on the decade following her kidnap. Ten years ago, on 11 September 2011, I was abducted by Somali pirates whilst on holiday in Kenya with my husband…

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…

World Book Day competition winners announced

World Book Day competition winners announced

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…