As the United Nations hostage negotiator, Giandomenico Picco met with the Hezbollah kidnappers and negotiated the freedom of the last 11 Western hostages. For his role in the resolution of the hostage saga in Lebanon, he was presented with the U.S. President's Special Award for Exceptional Service in December 1991; the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in August 1992; the British Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.); the Lebanese Order of the Cèdre du Liban, (Commandeur) in May 1993; and the Italian Order of Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica, in 1993.
Terry Anderson was a journalist for the Associated Press when he was kidnapped in March 1985. He was held for almost 7 years and became the longest held hostage of a group of Americans believed to be captured by Shiite Hezbollah militants in an attempt to drive U.S. military forces from Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War.
Timur Goksel is a former spokesman and senior advisor to UNIFIL’s force commander who was responsible for negotiating ceasefires between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Sulome Anderson is an alumna of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a feature writer with the Daily Star, an English-language newspaper in Beirut. She is Terry Anderson's daughter.
ABIR SAMI WOOD
Abir Sami Wood was a Lebanese civilian during the civil war. She now lives in the U.S.