Ransomed by Abu Sayyaf: a heartbreaking pleaJanuary 15, 2012
On Jan. 1, Muslim kidnappers demanded a ransom payment, which is permitted by the Koran, for an “infidel” Australian they captured in December. A statement by Warren Rodwell, a man whose love for travel deposited him into the clutches of jihadist kidnappers, has since been released to the media.
Take a listen to this two-minute clip from reporter Samantha Donovan on Rodwell’s devastating plea to his family and the Philippine and Australian governments to do whatever they can do pay the $2 million ransom demanded by his captors from the Islamic terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf. From the ABC radio program “AM” on Jan. 5:
The Islamic system which allows abduction for ransom presents civilized governments with a reprehensible choice between funding the enemies and captors of their citizens by paying the ransoms, intervening militarily in a special operation, or leaving families to fend for themselves.