Hostage Aid Worldwide
Hostage Aid Worldwide
Breaking the Chain… Because Tomorrow is Too Late

One on one call with former hostages Request

ABOUT US

Hostage Aid is a non-profit NGO 501(c)(3) that was recently established in September 2020 by a group of former hostages from around the world, families of hostages and subject matter experts, all of whom, based on their different personal experiences as well as suffering have banded together to fight for the release of hostages globally while aiming to prevent this inhumane act of hostage taking from occurring against other innocent people.

HAW will complement the great work that is being carried out by other important organizations that help and advocate for hostages. In addition to providing humanitarian relief and support to current and former hostages who were unlawfully detained

Values

HOPE – FREEDOM
DISCRETION – RESILIENCE

TRUST – COMPASSION
COURAGE – RELIABILITY

NOT LEAVING
ANYONE BEHIND

APOLITICAL

President's Message

As a former hostage who was kidnapped for almost 4 years in Iran, I have experienced first hand, the pain, suffering and betrayal that comes with it, but have also known the value of unwavering compassion and support, as well as the real meaning of hope, strength and freedom.

I pray that time will dull the pain of the memories that this tragic incident brings back; this nightmare that I wouldn’t wish even on my enemies. I spent 18 months blindfolded, and had several out of body experiences in the weeks that followed my kidnapping. I suffered endless cycles of hunger strikes to protest the many injustices I was put through. My only crime was accepting an official invitation from the Vice President of Iran to attend and speak at a conference with the intention of helping the community, women and youth to have a better and more prosperous future.

My kidnapping changed my life forever. During that period, I wished, as many who face this most impossible suffering probably do, that my life would just end to relieve me of this intolerable torment.

But as fate would have it, and in answer to the prayers and efforts of many, my long and very traumatic journey in Evin prison finally ended and I was released. It was then that I instinctively knew that I couldn’t stand idly by while others went through the same ordeal. I had to help in whatever way I could.

Today, with many former hostages and good people who are helping, we have established Hostage Aid Worldwide (HAW), a non profit organization to assist and fight for hostages all around the world and support their families during their ordeal. This effort will be in full cooperation with other NGOs working to help hostages.

By working together we will do our best to ensure that the hostage taking business model stops and will clearly be condemned by the United Nations and the world, and hostages will not end up being forgotten by their governments.

I want to thank all the former hostages who decided to join HAW. I am grateful and humbled to be part of this great group of people united in having survived through one of humanity’s great injustices. We welcome you to join HAW and support our efforts to end hostage taking once and for all.

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EVENTS

Hostage Aid Launch Event – Video

04

Mar

Hostage Aid Launch Event – Video

HAW event
Hostage Aid Worldwide (HAW), in partnership with the James Foley Foundation, invites you to its upcoming launch event that will host renowned panelists and former hostages to discuss the increasing threat of hostage taking globally and ways to intercept the hostage business model with a focus on JCPOA and international hostage conventions.

Hostage Aid Worldwide – Launch Press Release

04

Mar

Hostage Aid Worldwide – Launch Press Release

HAW event
HOSTAGE AID WORLDWIDE LAUNCHED IN RESPONSE TO DRAMATIC INCREASE IN HOSTAGE DIPLOMACY BY SOME NATIONS

HAW Workshop / Global Similarities & Common Experiences of Families

12

Apr

HAW Workshop / Global Similarities & Common Experiences of Families

HAW event
HOSTAGE AID WORLDWIDE BRINGS TOGETHER MORE THAN 20 FAMILY MEMBERS FROM FOUR COUNTRIES OF PAST AND CURRENT HOSTAGES TO DISCUSS THEIR COMMON EXPERIENCES

HAW Workshop – Robert Malley Participation

17

Jul

HAW Workshop – Robert Malley Participation

HAW event
In HAW workshop, Malley commented that the negotiations with Iran on releasing hostages will continue regardless of the outcome of the nuclear Deal.

Map & Marker

CURRENT NUMBER OF PUBLICLY DISCLOSED HOSTAGE AND WRONGFUL DETENTION CASES: 64

RSS NEWS FEED

As much as we are happy for Johan Floderus, Saeed Azizi, and their families, our heart goes out to Vida, Ahmadreza Djalali’s wife, and his children.

Stay strong! The fight will not end until Ahmadreza is back home!

#SaveAhmadreza #BringDjalaliHome
@Free_Djalali @VMehrannia

Why did Sweden use the Hamid Nouri card to release only 2 Swedish citizens from Iran & left behind Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali who has been unlawfully detained in #Iran for 2,973 days & sentenced to death?
𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1801962057358598403

BREAKING: @EmmanuelMacron announced tonight that Frenchman Louis Arnaud, detained in #Iran since September 2022, had been released & would return to his country on Thursday.

Congratulations to Louis & his loved ones on his freedom!

@freelouisarnaud @carnd32_arnaud @tendertwist… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1801003773847892470

HAW Daily Brief 1/4 Recognizing Death of Majd Kamalmaz in #Syria
https://www.state.gov/recognizing-death-of-majd-kamalmaz-in-syria/
Today we honor Majd Kamalmaz, an American who died while being held in Syria. He traveled to the region to provide medical services to those traumatized by the Syrian civil war & was last…

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