Bound by Hope: Hostage Aid Conversations with Mariam Claren, Daughter of Nahid Taghavi, a Hostage in Iran

Bound by Hope: Hostage Aid Conversations with Mariam Claren, Daughter of Nahid Taghavi, a Hostage in Iran

In a March 2024 interview, Mariam Claren discusses coping with her mother Nahid Taghavi’s prolonged unlawful imprisonment in Iran by embracing resistance and striving to maintain hope despite setbacks, such as Nahid’s recent return to prison from house arrest. Mariam highlights the challenges in rallying support and navigating international politics, while drawing strength from Nahid’s resilience and the support of German media, NGOs, and some members of the Bundestag.

The Unseen Battle: Advocacy and Awareness in Securing Freedom

The Unseen Battle: Advocacy and Awareness in Securing Freedom

In the harrowing shadows where hostages and wrongfully detained individuals languish far from the public eye, advocacy and public awareness emerge as potent forces of light, fighting to bring them home. As the President of Hostage Aid Worldwide and a former hostage myself, I understand intimately the critical role that sustained advocacy and strategic public awareness play in the resolution of these heartbreaking cases.

Hostage Aid Worldwide Commemorates the Inaugural U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day

Hostage Aid Worldwide Commemorates the Inaugural U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day

Hostage Aid Worldwide is observing the inaugural U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day today, dedicated to those who are being held hostage or wrongfully detained all over the world. This solemn day serves as a reminder of the ongoing plight of these individuals and their families and underscores the relentless efforts to secure their safe return home.

Italian Family of Three Released from Mali

Italian Family of Three Released from Mali

Hostage Aid Worldwide gladly welcomes the release of an Italian family of three, Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Donata Caivano & their son Giovanni, from captivity in Mali. The family had been living in a Jehovah’s Witnesses community in the southern city of Koutiala when they were seized by a jihadist group allied with Al Qaeda militants on May 19, 2022. They have finally been freed and can return to their normal lives. The fate of the Togolese helper who was kidnapped with them remains unclear.

Austrian Citizen Herbert Fritz Released by the Taliban in Afghanistan

Austrian Citizen Herbert Fritz Released by the Taliban in Afghanistan

Hostage Aid Worldwide welcomes the release of Austrian national Herbert Fritz from Afghanistan. Herbert was arrested by the Taliban in May 2023 shortly after a far-right magazine published an article he wrote titled “Vacation with the Taliban” in which he gave a positive view of life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and was accused of spying. Herbert was released due to the mediation efforts of the State of Qatar.

Letter to the UN for A Multi-Stakeholder Global Approach to Hostage Taking (from HAW, Former Hostages & Families of Former & Current Hostages/Unlawful Detainees)

Letter to the UN for A Multi-Stakeholder Global Approach to Hostage Taking (from HAW, Former Hostages & Families of Former & Current Hostages/Unlawful Detainees)

The United Nations has the potential as well as the responsibility to play a global pivotal role towards ending hostage diplomacy. However, for a sustainable and empowered global approach, recommendations and strategies on this issue must also leverage the expertise of diverse multi stakeholders representing all relevant and fundamental components of society including former hostages, families, human rights organizations, civil societies, and the private sector, in addition to government entities. Together, all of their constituents have the necessary inherent power and impact to find realistic and effective solutions.