Daughter of British aid worker beheaded by ISIS creates moving video tribute

Alan Henning © FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
A year after his execution by Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL), the daughter of British aid worker Alan Henning has created a moving memorial video in tribute to her father.

Henning, a former taxi driver from Manchester, was 47 years old when he was captured by the extremist group. He was heading into Syria after joining an aid convoy. 

The aid worker was beheaded by ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known by the moniker Jihadi John. Footage of the murder was published online.

One year ago today I lost my daddy. In the majority of circumstances the anniversary of a death would just bring sadness and heartache, although my dad's death does bring those emotions it also brings a feeling of relief because this date marks the date my dad escaped the hands of those monsters! Its been the hardest 1 year and 10 months of my entire life and I wouldn't have got through it without the support of my friends, family and even strangers!! Ive tried to put together a little story to show a bit of his life up to the end in pictures.. It never gets easier without you here daddy but I hope we are making you as proud as you make us✨ Sleep tight daddy, I love you󾬕xxxx

Posted by Lucy Henning New on Friday, 2 October 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron called the killing “barbaric and repulsive.

Henning was one of two British hostages murdered in this fashion by the extremist group. David Haines, 43, also an aid worker, was killed in September 2014.

In a moving social media post, Henning’s daughter Lucy explained how difficult it had been to lose her father at the hands of terrorists.

“One year ago today I lost my daddy. In the majority of circumstances the anniversary of a death would just bring sadness and heartache, although my dad’s death does bring those emotions it also brings a feeling of relief because this date marks the date my dad escaped the hands of those monsters!” she wrote.

The video shows a series of photos of Lucy’s father along with her brother Adam. It has been shared nearly 3,000 times.
It also shows the words of Henning’s final messages to his family before he was kidnapped.

He wrote to his wife Barbara: “Babs going over the border soon so no phones when we get Wi-Fi will send you a text on how it’s going and some pics tell the kids missing them like mad big kisses for them please x !!!”

His final message sent love to his children and explained he had made it into Syria.

“Just got to the house the other side of the border to later to go in to night so will be in the morning now got Wi-Fi till then get Lucy to sort out the bbm if she can get a min x give them a hug from me !!!"

On Saturday, residents of Salford, Manchester, took to the streets to remember Alan Henning.

Henning left his hometown at Christmas time, 2013, to drive to Syria to aid children affected by the civil war when he was kidnapped.

He was planning to act as ambulance driver for the group “Rochdale Aid 4 Syria.”