S KOREANS TOLD 'CONVERT OR DIE'
Sept 12, 07.
The group of South Koreans who
held hostage by Taleban militants in Afghanistan recently have said they were
beaten and ordered at gunpoint to convert to Islam. At a news conference in
Seoul, the former captives also said they were made to work "like slaves" during
their six-week ordeal.
Twenty-one members of the group were freed last month following an agreement
between South Korea and the captors. Two of the hostages - all Christian aid
workers - had already been killed.
former hostages said they feared for their lives at times when their captors
turned violent. "We were beaten with a tree branch or kicked around. Some
kidnappers threatened us with death at gunpoint to force us to follow them in
chanting their Islamic prayer for conversion," said Jae Chang-hee.