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Terry Waite is the co-founder of Hostage UK, an organisation that provides support to those taken hostage and their families. But Waite is perhaps better known for his own, terrible, experience being taken hostage. In 1987, while working as a hostage negotiator for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Waite travelled to Lebanon to negotiate the release of hostages there. While in Beirut, he was captured himself and spent almost five years in captivity, four of which were in solitary confinement. In the new Policy Forum Pod, he talks about his experience and how being held captive has freed him to see the world in a new way. To find out more about Hostage UK visit: To read Helen Sullivan’s piece on empathy in public policy discussed in this podcast, go to:

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