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.
Hostage Aid reminds the U.S. Administration of the commitment given on Jan.23.2022 in Vienna by the U.S. Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley who clearly stated in an interview with Reuters that the release of hostages was a precondition for a nuclear agreement with Iran.
On July 25 2022, Hostage Aid Worldwide proudly presented Ambassador Roger Carstens, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, with a certificate of recognition and a challenge coin in appreciation of his relentless efforts and unwavering support and commitment to free hostages and bring them home to their families.
Hostage Aid Worldwide would like you to join the Bring Our Families Home Campaign for the unveiling of a public mural by artist Isaac Campbell.
Innocent individuals continue to be used as collateral by an increasing number of rogue regimes in their negotiations with other Countries. The international community must act jointly and decisively to challenge hostage diplomacy. Those governments, institutions, groups and individuals that engage in hostage diplomacy must be held to account.
Alexandra Forseth’s battle to get her father freed from a Venezuelan prison has once again taken her to Washington, D.C. That’s where she’ll take part in the launch of the Bring Our Families Home campaign Wednesday morning.
Relatives of American hostages and wrongful detainees are trying to get the Biden administration’s attention in hopes of getting their loved ones home.
Hostage Aid Worldwide (HAW) is encouraged by the news on recent developments in the ongoing progress of the UK hostage negotiations with Iran, and potential imminent release of British hostages Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashoori held in Iran. We would like to use this occasion to highly encourage the Biden administration to diligently pursue the freedom of American hostages held in Iran.