At your service
For Terry Waite, the BBC World Service wasn’t just an unfailing source of news, it was a lifeline during his darkest hours as a hostage in Beirut. Here, on the 25th anniversary of his release, he looks back on his own personal history with the broadcaster
T was January 1971 and I was travelling with my wife and three small children back to our home in Kampala, Uganda, after a brief holiday in Kenya. The previous weeks had been stressful to say the least. The Ugandan army appeared to have a licence to do exactly as it wished and violent robberies throughout the city were commonplace. We ourselves had almost lost our lives on two occasions when we were held up at gunpoint and lost our car on both occasions.