Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 — Hostage Aid Worldwide participated in the virtual event, “Bringing Americans Home 2022: Assessing Hostage & Detainee Policy Reforms” organised by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in partnership with New America.
Horrified, she watched her gaunt husband onscreen, being held captive 6,000 miles away. Minutes later, the network contact called her back to ask if she wanted to join him in the studio. “He suggested a film of me watching and reacting to the devastating sight of Barry,” she recalled, “which, he said, would be very effective.”
Three years after his release, the torture, agony and despair of the ordeal still haunt him.
No innocent human being should have to suffer like this: to hope and pray for freedom and then have that hope shattered to pieces time and again; to have to trust in the moral courage of others taking action only to be heartbreakingly disappointed; to believe that governments are working to free you only to feel the pain, anguish and frustration of being left behind as Nizar was in 2016.
All EU countries are party to the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages, yet
there has been no clear and loud condemnation of the hostages of EU countries. After having
spent years imprisoned in a country where officials have no minimum respect for justice, law and
humanity, the hostages’ hopes have vanished, and they suffer in ways unimaginable. Their lives
are being wasted every second that passes.