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Being kidnapped has never been so funny...
on 30 July 2011
"That must be a funny book, you can't stop laughing. What is it?"
"It's a true story about journalists kidnapped in Somalia."
"Pardon? That doesn't sound very funny....."
And I'm sure it wasn't for Colin Freeman and José Cendon. Being kidnapped anywhere can really mess your day up, let alone the lawless Puntland and its caves, which are a kidnap haven; not really much chance of rescue there. It's fairly safe to say it's a rather dreadful predicament to be in. However, this book is full of humour. Humour which, I can only imagine, is essential to get through such an ordeal.
Brilliantly written, Kidnapped is Mr Colin's account of his stay in the Bosaso Hilton. Also known as a godforsaken cave. It is also a very good insight into Somalia and the problems therein, the problems faced by journalists (and, well, any outsider not there to visit al-Shabaab training camps...) and the general Somali piracy issue. For anyone interested in Somalia and piracy or even being kidnapped, this is a fantastic read. It also makes you think. For someone with an interest in visiting dangerous and unusual countries, you do wonder how you would handle such a situation.
I read the book in just over a week. It would have been sooner but I was rather busy at the time. The sign of a good read, when it's laugh-out-loud funny and a breeze to get through. As bad as it may sound, I was enjoying the author's account of his experiences so much I was disappointed when he was finally released!
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely I would. I wonder if the captors will release their story: KIDNAPPING: A STORY OF HOLDING WESTERN JOURNALISTS FOR RANSOM IN THE WILDS OF SOMALIA.....
If you're here reading this, you must hold an interest in this kind of book, in which case, order it. Order it now. You'll not be disappointed. Until it ends, of course.