# HELLO : Warren R Rodwell

Warren Rodwell

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ABOVE :  Ben FordhamLisa WilkinsonWarren R Rodwell 


WIKIPEDIA : Warren Richard Rodwell, a former Australian Army soldier [130] and university English teacher, [131] was shot through the right hand when seized [132] from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on 5 December 2011 [133] by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants. [134] Rodwell later had to have a finger amputated. [135]

ASG threatened to behead Rodwell [136] if their $US2 million ransom demand was not met. [137] Both the Australian and Philippine governments had strict policies against paying ransoms. [138] Australia formed a multi-agency task force to liaise with Rodwell’s family and assist Philippine authorities. [139] A news blackout was imposed. [140] Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release. [141] After the payment of $AUD94,000 [142] for “board and lodging” expenses [143] by his siblings, Rodwell was released on 23 March 2013. [144]


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ABOVE : Rodwell’s siblings address an international media conference post release

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ABOVE : Malnourished and weighing 55kg after 15 months in sweltering remote mangrove island jungles, Warren Rodwell is barely able to walk due to nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) in both feet spreading upwards into his lower legs: sharp, jabbing, throbbing or burning pain extremely sensitive to touch.

Warren Rodwell and Peter Greste

LEFT : Warren R Rodwell + Peter Greste

Australian journalist Peter Greste was arrested in Cairo Egypt with colleagues at the end of December 2013. The interior ministry said the journalists were accused of news reporting which was “damaging to national security”. [13] He was released from prison 400 days later in 2015.