Survival Guide: Held Captive
Art by Istvan Banyai
National Geographic Grantee
We stopped at a pasture that looked like a rebel outpost from a movie. The rebels wanted Amnesty International to come to Kashmir to document atrocities they claimed the Indian Army had committed. We—an Englishman and two Americans—were the bait. Our captors were nice to us. They let us stay together. They would clean the seats for us to sit on while balancing AK-47s in their other hands. They challenged us to a tug-of-war, using an AK-47 as the line we shouldn’t cross. We very judiciously lost. On the fifth night one of our team noticed there was no guard at the door. In stocking feet, boots in our hands, we raced up the hill. We ran until dawn, passing surprised shepherds. When we finally found a road, we took all our money—only 500 rupees—and got on a passing bus to start on our journey back home.
—Trevor Price, National Geographic grantee
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