The lessons derived from the victims’ past legacy of pain and confusion must be transformed into an enlightened reality for future generations.The UK Government, IICSA and the multitudinous teams of lawyers and barristers representing victims must subsume their own concerns, agenda and objectives to the voices of the victims that they are representing.Frequently, they just need to listen and bear witness to the callous, sordid crimes that mature, self-absorbed, reckless and destructive adults have perpetrated against the victim’s innocent uncomprehending, childhood vulnerability.These victims struggle on with their daily lives bearing a legacy of torments.In the moments of their torment and when they reach out with a cry for help, we try to remind them to grasp hold of the things that they hold dear.Yet, so very often, the past crushes and blinds them to the warmth and comfort that is all around them.ABC News reports that Colombia's foreign ministry released a statement on Sunday."Knowing she is alive motivates us to keep working for her timely release," the statement reads.
Things of beauty, comfort and consolation that they may now have within their grasp are whirled away by the sinister, destructive and incomprehensible legacy of past abuse.
The six hostages featured in the video include Beatrice Stockly, a Swiss missionary; Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a Colombian nun; and Ken Elliott, an 82-year-old Australian surgeon.
Stephen Mc Gowan of South Africa, Iulian Ghergut of Romania and Sophie Petronin of France were also featured in the footage.
Stockly, the Swiss missionary, was kidnapped in Timbuktu in January 2016 and had been previously kidnapped by militants in 2012.
Stockley, who is in her 40s, was featured in another video released by al-Qaeda jihadis in January 2017.
They were reportedly taken on the same day that the al-Qaeda affiliated militants in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou killed 29 people, including six Christian Canadians and American missionary Michael Riddering.