Public knowledge about hostage-taking is limited. Given its frequency varies hugely from one country to another, and that there are sensitivities around the resolution, general awareness about the profound impact of hostage-taking on families is very low.

In line with our mission to ensure returning hostages and their families are well supported, we work discretely with law-making and policy-shaping institutions to ensure they take into account the severe impact that kidnapping and detentions have on families. We aim to represent the voice of families in low-key discussions around improved government and organisation policy and practice relating to family support and hostage-reintegration.

Hostage International does not get involved in resolving hostage situations, nor campaigns around individual hostage situations; our support is focused on the well-being of our beneficiaries – the families of hostages, and hostages after their release.