Monday, September 03, 2007

Ex-hostages say Taliban beat them for refusing to convert

Some of the South Korean Christian aid workers held hostage by Afghanistan's Taliban said they were beaten for refusing to convert to Islam and protecting female captives, a hospital chief said Monday.
"We found through medical checks that some male hostages were beaten," Cha Seung-Gyun told reporters after the 19 freed aid workers -- 14 women and five men -- underwent examinations at a hospital outside Seoul.
They had returned home Sunday after six weeks in captivity.
"They said they were beaten at first for refusing to take part in Islamic prayers or for rejecting a demand to convert," Cha said.

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1 comment:

  1. As they were beating the Koreans, were the Taliban pointing out to them that there is no compulsion in religion in Islam?

    Perhaps the biggest difference between Islam and the world's other religions is that in Islam, hypocrisy is institutionalized.