“I thought of my family, if they were still waiting for me and if they were alive”: how was my life in the 5 years that I was held hostage by al Qaeda

“I thought of my family, if they were still waiting for me and if they were alive”: how was my life in the 5 years that I was held hostage by al Qaeda

It was a clear, cold night in the Sahara desert and Stephen McGown lay on his back staring at the stars. Covering himself with a blanket, he traced the constellations he had learned as a child in South Africa. “These could be the holidays of my life,” he thought, “if it...

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