From The Telegraph (link): The Muslim charity for which Alan Henning was working when he was kidnapped in Syria have made a direct appeal to his jihadi captors for his release.
Al-Fatiha Global made a video in which they described taxi driver Mr Henning, 47, as an innocent man who was only trying to help others.
The charity has also released the last known video footage of Mr Henning before his abduction, in which he says his own sacrifice is “nothing” compared to the suffering of Syrians.
Mr Henning was driving an ambulance in a convoy organised by Al-Fatiha when he was kidnapped just half an hour after crossing the Syrian border on Boxing Day 2013. Several other charity workers were also abducted but they were all British Asian Muslims and were quickly freed.
Mr Henning, however, is the latest hostage to be threatened with beheading by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), appearing at the end of a video in which fellow British hostage David Haines was murdered.
In the YouTube video, titled Call of Mercy to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from British Muslim Aid Workers, a member of the charity says: “To our brother Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State and the brothers in Syria, I make this statement on behalf of Muslims in Britain and each and every convoy member who has travelled to Syria to deliver aid.
“Your prisoner Alan Henning travelled with us several times to Syria…we, your Muslim brothers, brought him under our care and protection.
“Like you and like us his only interest was to relieve the suffering of brothers and sisters in Syria. Please do not take his life to pay for the crimes that the international governments have committed.
“This man is innocent…he has no affiliation with any political agenda. He has shown through his actions that he is not an enemy of Islam or the Islamic State.
“We plead with you to show him compassion and mercy as he showed compassion and mercy to the people of Syria…we beg you to tread the path of justice…please, please, please release Alan.”
In the video of Mr Henning, filmed on Christmas Day, the day before his abduction, he is praised by his friends for giving up Christmas with his family to deliver aid.
He replies: “It’s all worthwhile when you see what is needed actually get to where it needs to go. That makes it all worthwhile. No sacrifice we do is nothing compared to what they’re going through every day on a daily basis.”
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