20 years on, Waite returns to hostage location for Y Care

Terry Waite, president of Y Care International and former special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to make his first trip to Lebanon since he was released by terrorist group Hizbollah in 1991.

Waite's visit (15-21 December) comes just before the 20th anniversary of Y Care International, the overseas development agency of the YMCA.

His previous mission to the Middle East, to secure the release of hostages in Beirut, led to his own capture. This time he will review the charity's programmes in Lebanon and Palestinian territories.

Projects include training schemes to help young Lebanese find employment in the aftermath of the 17-year civil war, and a rehabilitation centre for young Palestinians traumatised by the conflict with Israel.

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