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Young British woman found out about dad’s beheading by ISIS on Instagram

Left to right. Bethany Lucy Henning at a memorial service for murdered British aid worker Alan Henning at Eccles Parish Church in Manchester on Saturday November 22, 2014. (Andy Kelvin/PA Wire)

Lucy Henning, the 18-year old daughter of British ISIS victim Alan Henning, revealed in a TV interview that she found out about her father’s beheading on social media. Her father was a 47-year old taxi driver from Salford who had left for Syria to help deliver aid, but was kidnapped by ISIS when crossing the border with Turkey in 2013 and then held hostage for 10 months. For months, her family fruitlessly appealed for mercy, until the extremist group released a video in October last year, showing his beheading. Lucy recalled finding out the news for an interview with ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show,to be aired on Friday. “I remember thinking we have had a few days, no news, it’s looking good. We thought they might actually let him go” she said. “Then I remember I was just laying in bed on Instagram and I just saw the final picture. It was the final picture, after the execution.”

One year later, she describes still feeling “numb” and trying not to think about the terrorist group: “I just try and get everyone to remember like, the kids that are still there, when people say, ‘Oh you’ve lost your dad.’ Yeah I know, but there’s kids there that lose all their family in one day and they are stuck there on their own.” She added that she hopes to do voluntary work in Africa, and is planning a visit to Turkey, where an academy for Syrian children has been set up in her father’s name: “It’s schooling around 400 pupils at the moment, getting them the education they need, so I would like to go and visit.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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