Former Hostage Waite Offers Help to Captives' Families

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Former Hostage Waite Offers Help to Captives' Families


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Terry Waite, who successfully negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya and himself became a hostage in 1987 while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, has offered his help to the families of two Canadian peace activists abducted in Iraq last Nov. 26.

"I just say to the families ... keep hope alive," Mr. Waite said in a story on the CBC Web site. He was speaking at a lecture on public policy and spirituality at Dalhousie University in Halifax. "If there's anything I can do, you've only just got to get in touch."

Mr. Waite, a Briton, became known worldwide in the 1980s when, as a special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, he was kidnapped himself and held captive for 1,763 days.

He told the audience that he was aware of the toll that abductions exact on the families of hostages. During his captivity, Mr. Waite was subjected to various forms of torture; he was held in solitary confinement for four years before being released in 1991. During those years, Mr. Waite said his family had no idea whether he was dead or alive.

Mr. Waite also said that Canadian citizenship did not guarantee safety in Iraq, where the situation remains volatile after the American occupation in 2003. …

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