Luke Daniel Somers
(1981 - 2014)

Luke Daniel Somers

London, United Kingdom

December 6, 2014

This site is dedicated to Luke Somers.
He was a British-born American photojournalist who had been held hostage by the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. He was a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. He traveled to Egypt before settling in Yemen.

Somers was described by his friend as "a great man with a kind heart who really loves the Yemeni people and the country ... He was so dedicated in trying to help change Yemen's future, to do good things for the people that he didn't leave the country [Yemen] his entire time here."
Somers was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, in September 2013.

In December 2014, Somers appeared in a video that was issued by AQAP. The video, which is aimed at the United States government, includes an AQAP official saying that the United States has three days to meet their demands. In the video, the official also says that “otherwise the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate.” The video does not specify the demands AQAP want the United States to meet. The mission to rescue Somers was disclosed in response to the release of the video by AQAP.

Somers' mother and brother posted a video online in response to the AQAP's video. In the video, they pleaded with AQAP to "show mercy", and appealed for Somers' release. They also said Somers was only "trying to do good things for the Yemeni population".

Numerous news organizations, friends around the world, and family mobilized to save Somers. Yemen's The National newspaper appealed to save Somers' life, as did the Committee to Protect Journalists. Friends of Luke Somers also organized petitions, vigils, Twitter pages and Facebook groups to gather support for his safe release.

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