Terry Waite: ‘I don’t know how I survived being a hostage, but I did’ – BBC News

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Terry Waite’s release from nearly five years of incarceration in Beirut.

He said he survived by “keeping hope alive” while he faced torture such as being beaten on the soles of his feet and being put though a mock execution.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy went to Lebanon in 1987 to negotiate the release of several captured Britons – but was taken hostage himself.

Held in “grim” conditions, his Islamic fundamentalist captors freed him on 18 November, 1991, after 1,763 days.

He told the BBC: “I don’t know how I did it really. But I did.”

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