On Air: Send your message to hostages around the world

Peter Moore will start 2010 as a free man.

After his capture in May 2007 by 40 armed men dressed as Iraqi police officers and a 31 month hostage ordeal, he finally has cause to celebrate.

As reported today ,he phoned home to tell his stepmother that he was looking forward to his Christmas dinner.

Peter Moore’s story has a happy ending. He was lucky; his fellow hostages were not. Three of them are known to have been killed, and the fourth is presumed dead.

There are hundreds of men and women held captive in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia, and other parts of the world.

These hostages include journalists and media workers, aid workers, civilian contractors, crewmen on ships, and some military personnel. Some of these have been recently abducted, others have been held for years.

For today’s show we hope to get in touch with people whose lives have been affected by the capture of friends or family.

Perhaps you’d like to send out a message to them? 

33 Responses to “On Air: Send your message to hostages around the world”

  1. December 31, 2009 at 13:05

    Salaam gang….Will Alan Johnston be presenting tonight’s programme ? Please ? :)… Happy New Year everybody ! ;)…. Wih my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad….

  2. December 31, 2009 at 13:15

    Salaam again gang,
    Let me here say that I am soooooooo happy for Peter Moore and all of his loved ones…. I am sooooooo eager to hear your story Peter, and yet I do have a question for you : Have you always had hope that someday you’ll be released from captivity and get back home ? If yes then how did you manage to keep that hope alive ? With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad….

  3. 5 Eusuph
    December 31, 2009 at 13:32

    It is very pleasing that a man who lost the hope to live long in this world to regain the chance to air out and breath.
    I wish every one who is released for a quick catch ups in life challenges.
    Thanks, Eusuph in Somalia

  4. 6 patti in cape coral
    December 31, 2009 at 13:45

    Peter, I am so happy to hear that you are free again, I can’t even imagine how you feel. It must be like being born anew. To all the hostages around the world I send a message of hope that they will soon be released and be reunited with their loved ones. An uncle of mine was kidnapped in Colombia, but he was not so lucky.

  5. 7 scmehta
    December 31, 2009 at 14:23

    What message can I send when I know that the hostages are not going to get it? And even if any of them get it, my wishing them a “Happy New Year” would be felt like a cruel joke. I pray to God for peace in the world in the coming year (2010) and freedom for all those who, as hostages, are made to suffer the separation from their families and friends.

    • 8 hebaayoub
      December 31, 2009 at 15:46

      You never know, Scmehta. I’ve heard of many hostages who have said that they found listening to the radio a comfort during their incarceration.

      There’s a hope that a message might get through, however small.

  6. December 31, 2009 at 14:57

    Resilience and the motto ‘Dare To Stand Alone’ should help you to get through the periods of loneliness and despondency. Perhaps being courteous to the hostage-takers could also help you in your terrifying predicament. Of course the love and fond memories of near and dear friends could help you come through the ordeal. Never succumb to dark, lonely terrifying thoughts. Perhaps optimism and the firm belief that your government and Foreign Ministry officials are working around the clock to set you free. Hope springs eternal and you could live to tell your experiences and write a book about your ordeal. Positive thinking and knowing your loved ones are doing everything in their capacity to negotiate with your kidnappers for your freedom. Above all trust your instincts. If your kidnappers ill-treat you take it stoically. Think of Nelson Mandella who endured the worst treatment in Robin Island and is so deeply respected for his courage and determination. Fortune favours the brave. Most likely you would survive the insults and cruelty. As long as your mind is sound and your spirits in tact, you should be able to come of the ordeal a wiser person. Good luck

    December 31, 2009 at 15:03

    I take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Moore to the free world once again and the joy of reconnecting with his happy family. He is an experienced man having gone through what he did. I wish many more will be as lucky.

    My second best regards go to all those who are held in captivity without genuine grounds and against their will; people who have nothing to do with the politics that have lead to their being incarcerated.

    Let’s not forget the innocent people of Palestine, especially the children, women and men whose only concern is to lead a normal life; people that go without their basic rights of small daily needs.

    I hope they have opportunities that enable them to read this wish on WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY.

  8. 11 Tom K in Mpls
    December 31, 2009 at 15:46

    The fight for freedom comes in many forms. You were forced into the worst of the fight and have done well. Don’t question if you deserve it because life doesn’t make sense. Get back into life, don’t live alone, and quietly teach what you learned.

  9. 12 Crispo, Uganda
    December 31, 2009 at 16:13

    The world is an enchantered place, sometimes like a deserted island. This is the common reality that we; both captive and non-captive alike, share.

    I’d like to say, welcome home to Peter and those still trapped in the dungeons, keep that light burning even when it seems impossible to keep it aflame. Look forward to another momentous new year with glee.

    Soon, you’ll have the freedom that you yearn and we all wish for you. And the the entire WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY COMMUNITY, a happy happy New year for such a fantastic year for our global forum.

    In a special way, i’d like to say hi to Ros, the man through whom we’ve all joined this global forum. Man, i hope you’ll keep around for 2010.

    Lubna in Iraq, thanks for those wonderful comments from Baghdad and a whole lot of your. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  10. 13 t
    December 31, 2009 at 16:14

    Regardless of the “official policies” of govts. re: dealing with kidnappings. I hope all means are used to get you out alive, safely. And then you can be returned to your familes and friends.

  11. 14 Sunil from Boston
    December 31, 2009 at 16:22

    My message to hostages around the world : I am very sorry and it is very sad that you are an innocent victim of somebody else’s frustration with somebody else.

  12. 15 Koryor
    December 31, 2009 at 16:52

    hi pete.hope you find the strenght to quickly forget what you’ve been through.difficult though as it was i pray the good lord grants you this favour happy new year.

    to ross and all the guys out there,good show

  13. 16 rob z.
    December 31, 2009 at 17:34

    To Peter Moore,I wish you have a life of piece.
    To the people being held around the world,keep faith in others;things are changing for the better.

  14. December 31, 2009 at 17:41

    All I can say Peter,is welcome home.Condolences to your mates and their families,joy to yours.

  15. December 31, 2009 at 18:09

    I am so happy to hear that you are free again i wish you lead a happy and successful life.

  16. 19 John in Salem
    December 31, 2009 at 18:36

    If you can hear this message it should tell you three things –
    The world is still waiting for you right where you left it.

    No one has forgotten about you for one minute.

    You are stronger than your captors and you will endure this. They have their cause, but you have the love and support of people all over the world that they do not.

  17. 20 archibald in Oregon
    December 31, 2009 at 18:39

    To write an inspiring message of hope while I remain free and comfortable, seems almost a cruel joke to all of you who remain in captivity. If there is any justice in this world, which seems so devoid of humanity, it is in the undeniable truth that no one has the right to imprison or mistreat others for their beliefs or what they represent. All captors around the world know this deep in their hearts and it eats at them everyday, despite their hardened resolve. Each day is one day closer to your inevitable release. We are thinking of you and wishing you strength, everyday! Sincerely, Archibald in Oregon, USA

  18. 21 Alan in Arizona
    December 31, 2009 at 18:40

    Welcome back to the free world Peter! Best wishes to you and all the other people being held captive. May freedom and justice find them in the coming year. I hope a kind heart changes all of the captors ill feelings and brings our world to a greater understanding and tolerance of each others beliefs.

    Thank you WHYS for a great year of honest, relevant stories and great reporting.

    I wish the world a safe and happy New Year and may all those suffering in captivity, from hunger or other injustices find a better life and may we all grow stronger as friends helping each other.

  19. December 31, 2009 at 19:22

    It is 2346Indian Standard Time so Happy New Year to all hostages out there,I hope you guys think about the good times you have had in the past,what you are going through now and what you want to do when you are all free.good luck you are not alone.

  20. 23 Tom D Ford
    December 31, 2009 at 20:06

    I had some things to say but they were negative, so I didn’t write them.

    I just appreciate and support the positive things that folks like Lubna, Patti, John, Julianna Sgrena, Archibald, Scmehta, and others said.

    Maybe I’m crazy but I do believe that on balance, there are more people in the world who want to do and be good than there are people who want to do the opposite. And that’s a good kind of crazy, in my humble opinion.

  21. 24 Barbara
    December 31, 2009 at 20:41

    I differ with the comment stating that a message directed to hostages will never reach them. I have heard that clandestine radio reception is sometimes available, especially to some of the hostages held in South America. To them, I would say this:

    I am deeply sorry that many of your choices in life have been taken from you. I send you sincerest and best wishes for your safety and freedom and hope you can take some comfort in the fact that many, many people around the world are thinking of you and wish you well.

  22. January 1, 2010 at 04:52

    I belong to a under developed state and this word “hostage” is not strange for me because it has happened around and in my territory. I can well imagine the feeling when someone is hostaged for some specific purpose and demands of capturers are so strange and demanding. Peter you are so fortunate person who is going to start a new life. At this time we all should know the reason of this that why people are hostaged and what are the purposes behind this. Fruitful and applicable suggestions are awaited.

  23. January 1, 2010 at 07:44

    Congratulations Peter, so happy to see someone free, i can understand how u are feeling now, now u can understand the true meaning of freedom, belive me its a real blessing i would like to suggest everyone not to take your freedom granted, please respect it. I wish and i pray that every hostage in this world may be relased inshalaaaaaaaaa.

  24. 27 Elias
    January 1, 2010 at 18:33

    Stay calm, be polite and make friends with your captors, talk about things you have in common with them and hope for the best.

  25. 28 Ebo Fosu
    January 1, 2010 at 19:35

    am 4m ghana. If all of us shd decide 2 be gay or lesbiens can we have a continuation of our generation?

  26. 29 Mweemba Mwiinde Krushev in Lusaka- Zambia
    January 2, 2010 at 15:22

    I just want to send my well wishes to the Peter Moore family to this long awaited release.
    I also want to wish all those innocent hostages that are still in captivity be it in the hills of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq. Am sure your day is soon coming as the world rallies behind you to ensure your release takes place. Peace to you and Happy New Year!

  27. January 5, 2010 at 18:15

    I am so happy for Peter and his family.He has a second chance in life.My husband is still missing in Iraq and I hope he will be released soon

  28. January 6, 2010 at 17:24

    My message from Canada is to the thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. The world has not forgotten you. Righteous people, including some Good Jews, are working for your freedom.
    Please use your time in prison to study and educate yourselves. Patience. Do not forget that God loves you.

  29. 32 Angelica Adams
    January 7, 2010 at 02:45

    It is wonderful that Peter is freed from his ordeal as a hostage It is my New Year’s wish that all hostages all over the world be free and reunited with their friends and family May Peace and Love replace hate and fear and may we realize that we are one human family

  30. 33 Vassia Alaykova
    January 10, 2010 at 22:00

    Let Love and Peace rule the world in 2010 an all hostages be freed.

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