Colm O’Molloy is a multi-platform journalist from Ireland. He is currently based in Washington DC where he primarily works for BBC News. He has lived and worked in a number of countries across Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and West Africa. His work has appeared in a variety of publ...
Brad Sanders, an American forestry manager in Jambi province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, stood with members of his Harapan rainforest team, sharpening bamboo poles in anticipation of an attack. A stout, elderly ex-military officer who worked as a camp security guard asked Sanders' advice on that morning in October 2012.
Continue reading the main story The killings of US journalists and British aid workers in Syria, and a French hiker in Algeria have highlighted the dilemma for governments over whether to pay ransoms. Should payouts be made to save lives, or do they encourage more kidnappings and fund conflict?
When James Foley, an experienced war reporter, was kidnapped by four gunmen in north-west Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012, the chances of getting him out alive were already slim: he was an American and he didn't have insurance.