'ISIS killers are monsters and cowards,' widow of slain British aid worker says
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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/8/2014 (4 years ago)
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The widow of a 44-year-old British aid worker David Haines, who was murdered by Islamic State extremists has denounced his killers "cowards." Dragana Haines, whose husband David was killed by the militants in a graphic video posted online last September, says she still can't watch the entire clip.
"They consider themselves brave, but that's not bravery. It's a cowardly act to behead someone who has his hands tied behind his back, who is kneeling," Mrs. Haines says.
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David Haines, the father-of-two was taken hostage in Syria while working for international relief agency Acted in March of last year.
The widow of David Haines couldn't bear to watch the execution of her husband on video.
A former RAF aircraft engineer, Haines had been assisting refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was snatched by Islamic State militants.
"They consider themselves brave, but that's not bravery. It's a cowardly act to behead someone who has his hands tied behind his back, who is kneeling," Mrs. Haines. "You are a coward if you are going to behead someone who is helpless. You're not even a human being. You must be a monster to do something like that."
Speaking in Croatia, Mrs. Haines added, "I saw him in the video. I just saw the part when he was talking. I never found enough strength to see the rest of the video. I don't want to see it."
Haines says she's not able to her husband's death to their child. She says she tells her daughter that her father was a brave man who went to help the needy, and that it is only the two of them now.
David Haines spent his career as an aid worker helping to protect innocent civilians, travelling with aid agencies through Syria, Libya, the former Yugoslavia and South Sudan for more than 20 years.
Haines dedicated his life to promoting peace and oversaw projects to save civilians from land mines. He had a teenage daughter in Scotland from a previous marriage with his first wife, and a four-year-old daughter, Athea, from Mrs. Haines.
Born in Holderness in East Yorkshire, Haines was brought up in Perth by his parents Herbert, 77, and Mary, 79, who now live in Ayr. He studied at Perth Academy before joining the military at 17 years of age.
Haines met his second wife, 45-year-old Dragana Prodanovic Haines when she was working as a translator. At the time, David was helping refugees return to their homes after the Balkans war.
Haines's death was among a string of similar murders by Islamic State, which also killed another British captive and three American hostages in videos released on social media.
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