Islamic State hostage David Haines tragic last wish before he was killed by Jihadi John
British aid worker David Haines begged for a chance to hug his children before he was murdered by British ISIS terrorists.
Mr Haines, 44, was forced to write a urging to his parents asking them to raise almost £100million to secure his release from the terror group’s grasp.
His tragic final wish was a chance to see his children and hug them again.
That day never came – dad-of-two Mr Haines, originally from Holderness, East Yorkshire, was executed by ‘Jihadi John’, Mohammed Emwazi, in Syria in September 2014.
Mr Haines wrote in his letter: “I only wish to have the chance to see my children and hug them again … I don’t think I would ever leave them again!!”
He also wrote: “I am so sorry to put you through this ordeal and maybe you can forgive me one day. I know you will try your hardest.
“As there are American and British it may be a miracle but this amount could be raised. If not I fear the worst!!”
He also told how his health had been worsening and his captors had been giving him medicine.
Mr Haines He was working for Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) when he was abducted in northern Syria in March 2013.
He had been helping refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was abducted by terrorists.
He was forced to write a ransom letter after a year of being held hostage along with more than a dozen Westerners.
His undated letter – obtained by the Sunday Times – was written a few months before he was beheaded, likely in or around April 2014.
It is understood to be part of the evidence held by British authorities against Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, 31, for a possible prosecution in Britain.
Haines was watched by Alexanda Kotey, 35, and El Shafee Elsheikh, two of the four British members of the ‘Beatles’ cell.
The pair were captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2018 and have been stripped of UK citizenship, but have not been extradited.
Emwazi, 27, was killed in a US airstrike in 2015 after appearing in videos in which hostages – including British aid worker Alan Henning and American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff – were murdered.
The fourth ‘Beatles’ member, Aine Davis, 35, was captured and jailed in Turkey.
Mr Haines’ daughter Bethany told ITV News in June that she wants to see Kotey and Elsheikh face justice.
She said: “When they go on trial, they’ll face a tough sentence. They’ll also have to face me sitting in the courtroom.”