By Werner Wallert
Easter Sunday, 23 April 2000. Time: 19.50. A diver s paradise in Malaysia turns in seconds right into a tropical hell for the Wallert family members. An extremist Islamic insurgent workforce takes them hostage and they're transferred to the Philippine island of Jolo. the times, after which months, develop into a torture for the hostages because the rigorously deliberate commando operation attempts to extort political concessions and funds from the Philippine executive. Ten divers from Germany, France, South Africa, Lebanon and Finland, and 11 inn staff and WWF rangers locate themselves political chips of Philippine and foreign politics and of the media because the destiny of the writer, his spouse Renate, his son Marc, their fellow captives and the seriously armed hostage-takers is day-to-day for weeks through reporters and the media. This precise tale tells the studies of the hostages what they lived via and suffered, and their hopes, anxieties and disappointments. Marc Wallert used to be the final member of the writer s relatives to be freed. The final chapters catch what existence is like as a short-term-celebrity after the discharge.
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In the town of Jolo, nobody can buy more than one bag of rice per person, to prevent the rebels buying supplies or at least to make it difﬁcult. Thus, in addition to the shortage of water, our supply situation is deteriorating from day to day. Every day there is only rice and tinned sardines, sometimes only one tin. In the morning there is only cloudy, warm water, described as tea or coffee. The people who buy for the guerrillas had problems slipping through the army’s encircling siege. So that is the government’s new strategy: starve them out.
On the steeper sections, the mountain is clothed in 15-metre-high tropical mountain forest. More level areas covered with grasses remind us of the alpine pastures of our holiday apartment in Styria. We can see the sea from here. Small offshore islands have sandy beaches which can be seen as bright strips at sea level. What a tourist potential. A lucrative, ecologically friendly tourist industry could be developed in this highly varied paradise landscape. However, the social and political circumstances are clearly against it.
Schröder (the German chancellor) and Chirac (the French president) are said to have intervened personally, and a huge media contingent is said to be awaiting our release in Jolo. But our spirits sink when we notice that the rebels everywhere are packing up. We do the same, setting up Renate’s stretcher in readiness, and wait. 30, shots are heard again only 300 metres away. The noise of battle increases. Heavy guns are involved as well. We run 100 metres and take cover under a large tree. ” Then a professional TV crew with the reporter Israel from the ABSCBN broadcasting company pops up out of nowhere accompanied by a Philippine photographer.
Hostage Terror: Adbucted by the Abu Sayaff by Werner Wallert