A statement from former Iraq CPT hostage James Loney, now safely returned to Canada thanks to “Palestinian children”, among others:
For 118 days I disappeared into a black hole and somehow, by God’s grace, I was spit out again. My head is swirling and there are times when I can hardly believe it’s true. We had to wear flak jackets during our helicopter transfer from the international zone to the Baghdad airport and I had to keep knocking on the body armour I was wearing to reassure myself this is all really happening.
Isn’t it nice that “somehow” God’s grace saved you and equipped you with that body armour?
It was a terrifying, profound, powerful, transformative and excruciatingly boring experience. Since my release, my rescue from captivity …
Whoa! Good catch.
… I have been in a constant state of wonder, bewilderment, surprise, as I slowly discover the magnitude of the efforts to secure our lives and freedom: Tom Fox, Norman Kember, Harmeet Sooden and myself. A great of hand of solidarity reached out for us; a hand that included the hands of Palestinian children holding pictures of us and the hands of the British soldier who cut our chains with a bolt cutter. That great hand was able to deliver the three of us from the shadow of death. I am grateful in a way that can never be adequately expressed in words.
If it weren’t for those Palestinian kids and their proven photograph-holding hostage-freeing abilities, you’d be toast. Oh, and thanks for that work with the bolt cutters, mate.
There are so many people that need this hand of solidarity, right now, today, and I’m thinking specifically of prisoners being held all over the world. People who have disappeared into an abyss of detention without charges, due process, hope for release, some victims of physical and psychological torture, people unknown and forgotten. It is my deepest wish that every forsaken human being should have a hand of solidarity reaching out to them.
Alert the Palestinian photo children!
For the British soldiers who risked their lives to rescue us, for the government of Canada who sent a team to Baghdad to help secure our release, for all those who though about and prayed for us, for all those who spoke for us when we had no voice, I am forever and truly grateful. It’s great to be alive.
Finally, due recognition. Well done.
Hey, at least he learned a new word. How transformative.
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