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Interview with Former Taliban Captive Yvonne Ridley

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British-born, award-winning journalist Yvonne Ridley talks about her conversion to Islam. Yvonne Ridley came to prominence making international headlines on 28 September 2001, when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan whilst working for the British Sunday Express. She reverted to Islam 30 months after her release from being a captive of the Taliban. 

According to her own account, during her captivity she was asked by one of her captors to convert to Islam; she refused, but gave her word she would read the Qur'an after her release. In freedom, she kept this promise, as she said partly to find out why the Taliban treated women as they do. She said it changed her life.

The Qur'an, she says describing the holy book of Islam, is a "magna carta for women". She converted to Islam in the summer of 2003, stating that her new faith has helped put behind her broken marriages and a reputation as the "Patsy Stone of Fleet Street." When comparing her treatment to female prisoners' held in American custody, such as Aafia Siddiqui, she said that in Taliban's custody she was given her full privacy as a woman, and was handed the key to the door of her cell to lock from the inside.

Please check out this interview with this amazing woman.

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Akanke Tiamoyo
+1 #1 Akanke Tiamoyo 2010-09-28 21:06
I enjoyed this interview. Yvonne Ridley is a very compelling and authentic woman. The interviewer was very good also in asking some very poignant questions.
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Nashid
+1 #2 Nashid 2010-09-29 02:01
Glad that you did. Please check out the speech she gave as well. It is also excellent and very compelling. The link to it is: Captured by the Taliban
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