The horror of knowing your spouse is hostage to ISIS. I can only imagine what Alan Henning’s wife and family are going through.
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has called on ‘the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband’, describing him as a ‘peaceful, selfless man’.
Mr Henning, a former taxi driver from Bolton, was taken hostage last December in Syria by ISIS while he was trying to deliver aid to victims of the country’s civil war.
The 47-year-old aid worker was shown at the end of a video last week after the beheading of fellow British captive David Haines.
Mr Henning’s wife Barbara said she has sent messages to ISIS asking them to release her husband but has had no response.
In a statement released through the Foreign Office she said: ‘Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.
BARBARA HENNING’S FULL STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE FOREIGN OFFICE
‘I am Barbara Henning, the wife of Alan Henning.
‘Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.
‘Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.
‘When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need. His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.
‘I cannot see how it could assist any state’s cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.
‘I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.
‘I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.
‘When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.’