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Channel 9 TODAY Show : 472 Days in Captivity August 18, 2014: Warren Rodwell was held captive by militants in the Philippines for 472 days – the longest any Australian has endured captivity outside of wartime. Warren joined us in the Australian TV Channel 9 studio to share his story of survival.
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Warren Rodwell, hostage survivor
Broadcast: Sunday 17 August 2014 12:30PM ABC Australian National Radio
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Warren Rodwell was living on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, when he was abducted by the militant Islamic group Abu Sayyaf.
His captors were a group of young gunmen dressed as police, who initially nearly killed him through incompetence. Rodwell was shot through the finger and nearly drowned at sea: ”The motors caught on fire and that’s when I could see the errors being made“ says Rodwell. It wasn’t until some time later during the capture that Warren realised the men were Abu Sayeff followers.
For the next fifteen months, Warren Rodwell was moved from camp to camp in the mountain jungles and mangrove swamps. He struggled each day to stay in control of his mind: “I’ve always had a passion for numbers; I’d add up numbers, trying to solve mathematical problems."
He also reviewed his life and the lives of all the people he’d known: ”I thought to myself that I wanted to at least outlive my mother.”
Hunger was constant, and by the end of his fifteen months as a hostage, Rodwell had lost around thirty kilos. His Filippino captors suffered from the same lack of food and sickness: “I’d observe their behaviours and because I’d see a change in guards, I’d also see some of them getting sick, others going crazy. That was always refreshing, when you see that those who are supposed to be in the more powerful situation are suffering more than you are” says Rodwell.
Eventually a ransom - or “board and lodging” - was paid to the hostage takers, although it was a tiny fraction of the original demand for two million US dollars.
Warren Rodwell’s release was both overwhelming and ordinary. He was dropped off at a wharf in the port city of Pagadian, and could hardly walk as he told an incredulous port guard that he’d been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf.
Since his release, Warren Rodwell has been recovering in Brisbane. He’s been collaborating with researcher Dr Bob East in a book, 472 Days Captive Of The Abu Sayyaf: The Survival Of Australian Warren Rodwell to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing UK.
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HOSTAGE HELL – Warren Rodwell feature – 27 Dec 2013 Channel 7 TODAY TONIGHT current affairs TV programme – Australia
There was once a time when Australians were welcome anywhere in the world – not any more. One Australian has the mental and physical scars to prove that. David Richardson reports. [8 minutes 19 seconds]
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Había una vez un tiempo en que los australianos eran bienvenidos en cualquier parte del mundo - no más. Un australiano tiene las cicatrices mentales y físicas que lo demuestran. Informa David Richardson. [8 minutos 19 segundos]