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Text: International Letter for Hostage Release « International Aid Services America

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Attention: Ambassador (Fill in Name)
Embassy/Consulate of Kenya
(Fill in Address)

Dear Ambassador (Fill in Name),

With this letter I am sincerely requesting the immediate action of the Kenyan government. On the 11th of July, 2012; staff  from International Aid Services (IAS) (three Kenyans and one Somali) were attacked as they drove back to their compound near Galkayo, Puntland, Somalia. They had been assisting with aid and education services for those in need in this region where IAS has worked for many years. One of the staff members was shot and left for dead. The other three were then taken as hostages by the attackers.

The hostages’ names are:

– Janet Muthoni Kanga (Kenyan)
– Martin Mutisya Kioko (Kenyan)
– Abdinoor Boru (Kenyan)

It has now been twenty months since their kidnapping. I appeal to you on behalf of IAS, those kidnapped and their families, for you to raise your voice to your government to intervene. I call on you to take action to help in their release and return them to Kenya so they can be reunited with their loved ones.

IAS has served people in need in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland and Somalia for many years. These staff members who were serving in Somalia were dedicated and selfless in their desire to serve those caught up in poverty and war. Please stand with us now in solidarity as we together raise our voices to help them in their time of need.

I ask the Kenyan government to demonstrate its commitment to its own citizens and take the necessary action required to gain their release.

This letter is sent to you in the hope that you will be the catalyst that is needed in order to bring hope and freedom to Janet, Martin, and to Abdinoor.

In confidence and assurance that you will act on this, I thank you in advance.


(Closing and signature of the person or organization writing)