2005, Douglas Wood survived an unimaginable ordeal: 47 days hostage to
terrorists in war-torn Iraq. Working as a contractor in Baghdad since
the 64 year old engineer and project manager was
kidnapped at gunpoint along with two Iraqi employees.
During his time in captivity, he
was beaten, blindfolded and witnessed the execution of 3 Iraqi captives.
Miraculously, Douglas was freed by
the Iraqi army in June 2005. On his return to Australia, his
inspiring tale of courage and hope has captivated millions across the
His story recounts the fear, the
uncertainty, the witnessing of the execution of cell mate and the feeling
of helplessness. He explains how he strived to stayed focused and sane and
how he managed to preserve his hope. Perhaps surprisingly amidst the raw
emotion there were times to laugh and importantly times to reflect on
those things that we hold dear.
A guest at one of Doug’s
speeches, Michael Kroger, wrote:
"Doug tells as riveting a
story as I have ever heard. Held hostage for seven weeks in war-torn
Baghdad, Doug drew for inspiration on his faith and a powerful will to
survive. The audience was spell-bound as he told his remarkable story of
courage, determination and hope. For any organisation looking for a
speaker with a unique, dramatic and ultimately uplifting story, I
strongly commend Douglas Wood."
His speeches close with the
exhilarating footage of Doug’s rescue and return to his family – he sings
(and very well!) a very moving rendition of 'I Want To Be Free'.
people, and they love him.