Who is Warren Rodwell ?

Warren R Rodwell; former soldier, university English teacher, prolific world traveller, and hostage survivor. Born in Sydney, he grew up in Tamworth NSW, and is the longest held Australian captive out of war. Warren Rodwell   His biography “472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr Bob East (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom) (2015) tells of prolonged hunger, beheading threats, and a $US2 million ransom demand.  Warren Rodwell   Warren Rodwell

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BOOK OF THE MONTH February 2015 – 60% DISCOUNT ( CSP )

Book of the Month – February 2015

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February 2015 ‘Book of the Month’ is 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by Bob East.

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With global terrorism on the rise, and the sinister increase in the taking of hostages by terrorist organisations, this book is particularly timely – making for essential reading across a range of disciplines, and for the general interested reader.

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Documenting the kidnapping of Warren Richard Rodwell, an Australian university teacher and ex-member of the Australian Army, by a notorious terrorist/insurgent organisation, the Abu Sayyaf Group, the book describes a remarkable tale of survival. Held captive for 472 days in various jungle hideouts in the islands of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, Rodwell endured an untreated gunshot wound and an almost starvation diet, losing over one third of his body weight. When he was finally released in March 2013, he was emaciated, physically and emotionally at the lowest point in his life, and totally bewildered. During his period of obligatory debriefing by both Philippine and Australian authorities, an amazing tale of perseverance unfolded. Rodwell’s determination to overcome all obstacles in his path to eventual freedom is the quintessence of all that is dear in life – life itself.

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Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
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“On 5 December 2011, Warren Rodwell was kidnapped from his adopted home in Ipil, Zamboanga province in the southern Philippines by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group. Rodwell survived 15 months as a captive – a rare feat given the organisation’s reputation for beheading captives whose ransom is not quickly paid. This is the story of Rodwell’s ordeal, and how he survived against the odds.”

—Dr Damien Kingsbury, Professor of Asian Political and Security Studies, Deakin University, Australia

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“Warren Rodwell’s story is one of modern day survival. Kidnapped by Islamic extremists while living in the Philippines, Warren survived for 15 months in captivity being moved from location to location. How he maintained his sanity let alone his life is an incredible feat of courage, guts and determination. Warren’s story proves that where there is life there is definitely hope. A true inspiration.”

—David Richardson, Senior Journalist, 7 News Investigations and Features, Australia

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BOOK REVIEW : (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf”

CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING – Product reviews for “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr Bob East (2015)

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HERE ARE THE REVIEWS SO FAR :

“In the current international environment when so many aid workers, journalists, business people and travellers risk capture, Bob East’s empathetic and detailed account of Warren Rodwell’s hostage survival is a very timely publication that will attract a wide readership. Those who have read the account of Australian Nigel Brennan’s experience of 15 months in captivity in Somalia will find the story of Rodwell’s ordeal similarly instructive – and inspiring.”

—Richard Gehrmann, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

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“Bob East’s 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell is a well-researched and well-documented—but easy to read—account of this protracted kidnap-for-ransom in the southern Philippines. It is based on East’s exclusive access to Rodwell. I recommend it as an important addition to any strategic analyst’s library.”

—Clive Williams MG, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

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“On 5 December 2011, Warren Rodwell was kidnapped from his adopted home in Ipil, Zamboanga province in the southern Philippines by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group. Rodwell survived 15 months as a captive – a rare feat given the organisation’s reputation for beheading captives whose ransom is not quickly paid. This is the story of Rodwell’s ordeal, and how he survived against the odds.”

—Dr Damien Kingsbury, Professor of Asian Political and Security Studies, Deakin University, Australia

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“Warren Rodwell’s story is one of modern day survival. Kidnapped by Islamic extremists while living in the Philippines, Warren survived for 15 months in captivity being moved from location to location. How he maintained his sanity let alone his life is an incredible feat of courage, guts and determination. Warren’s story proves that where there is life there is definitely hope. A true inspiration.”

—David Richardson, Senior Journalist, 7 News Investigations and Features, Australia

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW : Warren Rodwell ALIVE

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Where did Warren Rodwell viewers come from?  That’s 32 countries in all!
Most visitors came from Australia. The United States & Philippines were not far behind.

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“STAYING SAFE ABROAD” Has No Criticism of Kidnapped Australian, Only His Exposure to High-Risk Conduct

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/philippines-staying-safe-abroad-has-no.html  Monday, December 1, 2014 Posted by  Ed Lee at  5:36 PM

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Philippines: “Staying Safe Abroad” Has No Criticism of Kidnapped Australian, Only His Exposure to High-Risk Conduct
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I have reviewed my December 7, 2011 posting which is reflected below and underline no ill-will was intended toward Warren Rodwell, an Australian citizen, who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf on December 5, 2011 and ultimately released on March 2, 2013.

No one could have been happier that I with his release from captivity and applaud his return to his family and friends.

As I indicated in the below link, I meant no ill-will toward Mr. Rodwell, only his conduct which contributed to his abduction and his loss of freedom for 15 months, which was influenced by the below links which discouraged travel to the Southern Philippines by Australian citizens:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2011/12/update-australian-kidnap-victim-ignored

Additionally, if either of the below links are factually incorrect, please advise me accordingly and I will correct the record.

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2013/03/philippines-long-term-hostage-warren

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082514/Warren-Rodwell-begs-life-kidnapped-Philippines-rebels

COMMENT: One of the reasons that the below link was created in 2009, was to assist other foreign travelers in not making the same errors in judgment that previous travelers have made, many of which  can have not only adverse and irreversible results:

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The advice I offered to all kidnap victims who are faced with being outnumbered while in the process of abducted, I stand behind, as confronting a kidnapping is only compounded further if one has been injured as well.

If I have made any comments re: Mr. Rodwell that are factually incorrect, I tender my apologies for making such statements and respectfully retract them.

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RESPONSE to the apology above …

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The first factual mistake noted in the above article is the release date of Warren Rodwell. The writer shows it as being 2nd March 2013.

Wikipedia states the following at this webpage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sayyaf#Warren_Rodwell

Warren Rodwell, a former soldier in the Australian Army, and English teacher from Sydney, was seized from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, on December 5, 2011 by Abu Sayyaf militants.

The original ransom demand was for $US2 million. However, after the payment of $AUD94,000 by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.

By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms.

His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Bob East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7

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472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf - The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by Bob East PhD

 

BIOGRAPHY : Warren Rodwell

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472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

NON FICTION BOOK (Biography)  by Dr Bob East (Independent Researcher)

This book first published 2015 by CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING http://www.cambridgescholars.com

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ISBN (10): 1-4438-7058-7 ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-7058-0

For further information about the book

“472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Bob East PhD, try the following webpage links  http://www.warrenrodwell.com  and https://fatforeigner.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/read-the-book/

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Villagers feared for lives as men swooped on Australian

Filipino gangs have gained notoriety for their high-profile abductions,

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December 10, 2011 Lindsay Murdoch writes

The lights went out in the sleepy southern Philippine village of Pangi, on the outskirts of Ipil, as darkness fell. Australian adventurer and writer Warren Rodwell had returned home earlier in the day to check on workmen painting inside the house he had bought in the village in October.

Two weeks earlier, Miraflor Gutang, 27, whom he had married in June, had returned to her family’s home in another village after the couple had argued.

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The painters had left Mr Rodwell’s house by the time four strangers walked into the village moments after a power outage and introduced themselves to villagers as policemen. One of the men, who were not masked, told villagers not to be afraid, but they were.

Mr Rodwell, 53, was probably preparing dinner in the tiny kitchen of the house when the men entered. The front gate and door may have been open as the house is protected by barbed wire and heavy bars. Mr Rodwell was taken off guard: his loaded handgun was under the pillow in his bedroom.

Tall and strong, the tattooed Australian was not going anywhere without a fight and struggled violently with the men. Neighbours heard a gunshot and Mr Rodwell’s screams for help. Police believe he was shot in the foot during the scuffle. They found a trail of blood from one of his thongs near the front door.

Neighbour Joel Bulay, 44, and his wife Rosanna, 41, saw Mr Rodwell being dragged from the house. Mr Bulay said two of the men held Mr Rodwell tightly by the arms. Another man armed with a pistol pushed him to walk faster from behind as another pulled him from the front by handcuffs. Ms Bulay said Mr Rodwell could hardly walk due to the pain as he was dragged past her house.

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”He did not say anything and we are not sure that he saw us,” she said. The group disappeared into the darkness through bushes that lead to a river and the open sea. ”I was really scared, so scared that I was trembling and could do nothing because we feared for our own safety,” Mr Bulay said. ”One of my girls, who is five years old, suspected it was a kidnapping and I told her to keep quiet because we were scared the gunmen would take us and use our family as a shield in their escape.”

The villagers have reason to be scared. In April 1995, militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf attacked and pillaged the seaside town of Ipil, 130 kilometres from the provincial capital Zamboanga City. Fifty-three people were left dead.

In September, the same group kidnapped Luisa Morrison, the Filipino wife of a Scotsman, from her beauty salon in Ipil. The militants took her to their stronghold on Basilan Island, four hours away by speedboat. She was rescued a week later during a fierce battle with Philippine security forces in which one soldier was killed.

Grave fears are held for Mr Rodwell, who after leaving Sydney a decade ago travelled frequently in developing countries and worked for more than eight years as an English teacher in China.

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Philippine security forces have stepped up their hunt for Abu Sayyaf militants who have been blamed for the kidnapping of numerous foreigners and wealthy Filipinos, some of whom have been beheaded if ransoms have not been paid.

Authorities have not ruled out that elements of other Muslim groups or criminal gangs involved in the region’s lucrative kidnapping-for-ransom industry are behind the incident.

Mr Rodwell knew the area where he was living was dangerous but had refused police protection in June, saying he could look after himself. The Philippine media has reported he is a former Australian soldier. On several websites Mr Rodwell, whose former wife and three adult children live in Western Australia, describes himself as a full-time expatriate. On one posting he wrote that true wealth is best measured in terms of inner peace and happiness, not material things.

”Accepting your own mortality is also most useful, especially if you don’t have financial or family responsibilities back in your place or origin,” he wrote. By all accounts Mr Rodwell was happy with village life, running a store in Ipil with Ms Gutang, also known as Grace, who he reportedly met on the internet.

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However, neighbours said that he was not particularly friendly and he had chased some people away from his house. ”He is really strict and perceived as arrogant,” Mr Bulay said. A sign at the house warns about trespassing. Merly Suan, 18, another resident of the village, described Mr Rodwell as a silent man who went about his daily business alone. ”He sometimes smiles at me if I see him on his motor bike … I think he is a good man and we pity him,” she said. ”We pray for his safety.”

The Australian government’s handling of the incident will be a test of the recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the kidnappings of Australians overseas, which were made public last month. The government has established a multi-agency group that includes federal police, diplomats and intelligence agents. When Australian officials arrived in Zamboanga City, one of the first things they did was to ask Philippine authorities to impose a news blackout on the hunt for the kidnappers.

with Al Jacinto in Ipil