Stephen McGowan oo u dhashay wadanka Koofur Afrika ayaa qaatay diinta Islaamka isagoo u xirnaa muddo lix sano ah ururka Alqaacida.
Kadib muddo bil ah markii Alqaacida ay sii daysay ninkan ayuu shaaciyay inuu Muslimay uuna wax wanaagsan oo badan dareemay markii uu qaatay diinta Islaamka.
McGowan ayaa sheegay inuusan jari doonin garka maadaama uu yahay mid diinta Islaamka ay ka dhigtey mid sunno ah.”ayuu yiri McGowan.
Ninkan Islaamay oo hore u haystay diinta Masiixiga ayaa lix sano kahor waxaa gacanta ku dhigey ururka Alqaacida isaga iyo afar kale oo ajaaniib ah.
McGowan oo ka soo baxay isbitaal baaritaano loogu sameynayay ayaa sheegay inuusan dhibaato kala kulmin mudadii uu ku jirey gacanta ururka Alqaacida diinta Islaamkana uu u qaatay isagoo aysan cidna qasbin.
Recently discharged from hospital after a week in observation and treatment for numerous minor ailments, McGowan, flanked by his widower father and his wife, shyly recalled details of ordeal.
Released South African Stephen McGowan, who was kidnapped by al Qaeda in Mali in 2011, addresses a media conference with his father Malcolm McGowan and wife Catherine McGowan, in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 10, 2017.
“I don’t believe they knew my nationality. It would have been first prize for them if I was British,” McGowan said. “They kidnapped me just because I was non-Muslim.”
He eventually converted to from Catholicism to Islam, and said that this made his stay easier.
South Africa’s government said no ransom was paid to secure his release. Gift of the Givers, the organization that acted as intermediaries between Al Qaeda and government, said on Thursday McGowan had been released on compassionate grounds.
McGowan said he was driven across remote stretches of the Sahara in the back of utility truck with other hostages, and housed in a grass hut, handcuffed and blindfolded for long periods.
He was told on a the drive home his mother had passed away.