The wife of aid worker Alan Henning, who is being held hostage by the Islamic State (formerly ISIL), has renewed her plea for the militant group to spare his life.
“I have a further message for Islamic State: we have not abandoned Alan,” Barbara Henning said in an interview with the BBC. “We continue in our attempts to communicate with you. I have had no contact from Islamic State holding Alan, other than an audio file of him pleading for his life.”
Henning, a former taxi driver, had travelled to Syria to help deliver humanitarian aid to those affected by the civil conflict.
“Muslims across the globe continue to question Islamic State over Alan’s fate. Their position regarding his statement is unequivocal. He is innocent. Some say: wrong time, wrong place,” Mrs. Henning said.
“Alan was volunteering with his Muslim friends to help the people of Syria. He was in the right place, doing the right thing.”
Several Muslim leaders and scholars from around the world have called on the Islamic State to release Henning, including three Muslim community leaders from the UK who had recently put out a video calling for the release of Henning.
“We are at a loss, why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the truth about Alan’s humanitarian motives for going to Syria, and why they continue to ignore the verdict of their own justice system,” Mrs. Henning said.
“Surely those who wish to be seen as a state will act in a statesman-like way, by showing mercy and providing clemency.”
“I ask again, supported by the voices across the world, for Islamic State to spare Alan’s life.”