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Alan Henning: Golden-hearted hostage

Published 2:28 PM ET, Sun September 21, 2014
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Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar shared images with CNN from the December 2013 aid convoy to Syria she made with Alan Henning, who was kidnapped from the group. Henning, a taxi driver from near Manchester, England, was part of a team of volunteers that traveling to Syria to deliver food and water. He was abducted from the convoy the day after Christmas by masked gunmen, according to other members of the convoy. Here, Henning stands alongside one of the ambulances he was driving as part of the convoy. The photo was taken close to the Turkish border during a break in the road trip. courtesy Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfariq
Henning and Islam-Zulfiqar prepare a cup of tea during a break during Christmas 2013. Henning was nicknamed "Gadget" by convoy members for his ability to fix electronics. courtesy Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfariq
Henning attaches a sticker to the side of the ambulance he was driving. He dedicated his ambulance to the memory of Dr. Abbas Khan, a British doctor apparently arrested and allegedly later murdered by the Syrian regime as he carried out aid work in Syria. courtesy Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfariq
Henning, right, sits and chats with fellow convoy members en route from Britain to Syria. courtesy Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfariq
Henning was the only non-Muslim on the convoy. Islam-Zulfiqar said "just think of that big smile and that beautiful, beautiful golden heart." courtesy Dr. Shameela Islam-Zulfariq