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Terry Anderson's Daughter: How I Forgave My Dad's Torturer

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Former American hostage Terry Anderson, right, waves with his daughter Sulome, 6, cradled in his arms while leaving John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Dec. 10, 1991. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 12:32 PM

The journalist daughter of Terry Anderson — the former Middle East correspondent held captive for nearly seven years by Hezbollah militants — says she interviewed one of her father's torturers and ended up forgiving him.

Sulome Anderson spent three years interviewing dozens of people associated with her father's kidnapping for her new book "The Hostage's Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East," including one of the abduction kingpins named "the Masuul."

"My goal wasn't to humanize them, because they weren't human to me, you know?" Anderson told The Miami Herald.

"I didn't know I wanted to forgive [the Masuul]. But as I got to know him, I realized that was what I needed to do. To find peace, and as cliche as it sounds, to move on."

Sulome's mother, Madeleine, was six months pregnant with her when Terry Anderson, chief Middle Eastern correspondent for The Associated Press, was kidnapped in Lebanon in 1985. And she was six years old before she finally met him after his release in 1991.

The family nightmare led Sulome into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse, during which she was kicked out of school and hit with a drunk and disorderly conduct rap. She straightened out and is now a foreign correspondent in Lebanon, where he father's ordeal first began.

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The journalist daughter of Terry Anderson - the former Middle East correspondent held captive for nearly seven years by Hezbollah militants - says she interviewed one of her father's torturers and ended up forgiving him.
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