London: Gillian Kenyon, the sister of the British aid worker Alan Henning whom the officials have named as a second UK hostage being held by the Islamic State group (IS), posted a heart touching message on micro-blogging website Twitter, last month, telling how the family would celebrate his 47th birthday on his return to home has gone viral on net.
In a message posted a month ago, Kenyon wrote: “Happy 47th Birthday to my little bro Gadget/Alan Henning. can’t wait to have a party on your return. Love you bro xx”. (Sic)
She also posted a touching photo of the siblings together as youngsters.
Henning, known as ‘gadget’ to friends, is believed was abducted in Al Dana, a town 24 miles from Aleppo, by IS at Christmas time last year - only shortly after arriving in the country.
The married father-of-two had made multiple trips to Syria to deliver medical aid with friends - funded by the local community.
Henning was said to have no official ties to the UK Government and worked with a Muslim-led non-governmental organisation. Reports also suggest he was separated from his Muslim counterparts by masked men.
The Twitter posts by Kenyon came a day after Alan Henning was being threatened with death in the latest IS video, which announced the beheading of another British hostage, David Haines.
Haines' murder appeared to have been carried out by the same insurgent with a British accent who was responsible for the deaths of US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Henning was paraded at the end of a horrific new video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines – implying he will be next amid mounting pressure on the Prime Minister to act, specialists are drawing up plans for potential ‘high risk’ rescue operations to get him out of danger.
Reports suggest that they are using advanced voice box recognition to locate Briton Jihadi John, believing any remaining hostages – including Henning – will be nearby.
British officials and Henning's family had asked the media not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped yesterday. Later, the family released a photo of the hostage.
Ghastly day for David Haines ' family . Spare a thought too for this man's family . The pic they want released. pic.twitter.com/8LicY1997w
— Mark Austin (@markaustinitv) September 14, 2014