Mother of a Japanese Christian hostage held by ISIS pleads for his release.
According to details, the deadline by ISIS militant group to pay ransom for the release of two Japanese hostages passed on Friday January 23, with no direct word on the fate of both the captives. Earlier on Tuesday January 20, in an online video released on by ISIS, a militant holding a knife stood between journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, threatening to kill them if Japan did not pay ISIS a ransom of $200 million within 72 hours. In response to this, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that saving the men’s lives is vital but that Japan would not bow to terrorism. The ISIS militant seen in the video says the ransom demand matches the $200 million in aid that Japanese PM Abe pledged to help countries fighting Islamist militants. The Japanese government further said it was in an “extremely severe situation” while the mother of one of the hostages Kenji Goto, a journalist and Christian by faith appealed for his safe release.
Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto said in a news conference, “My son Kenji is not an enemy of the people of the Islamic faith. I can only pray as a mother for his release. If I could offer my life I would plead that my son be released, it would be a small sacrifice on my part. He only went to rescue his friend. He has always looked out for weaker people; he was always helping weaker children than him.”
Meanwhile, Japanese Premiere Abe has directed his officials to make every effort to secure their safe release.