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Former Afghan Prisoners to Speak at Samford April 18

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-03-22

Former Afghan prisoners Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer will speak at Samford University Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

They will discuss their imprisonment in Afghanistan, rescue by U.S. Special Forces and work among the Afghan people. Curry and Mercer were arrested Aug. 3 for proselytizing in Islamic homes, a crime according to the Taliban.

While the two Shelter Now International relief workers were captive in Afghanistan, charged with breaking Muslim law by teaching Christianity, America suffered attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, then began its military campaign against Afghanistan and its ruling Taliban government.

The two were moved from prison to prison before their release on Nov. 13 as Kabul fell to Northern Alliance and American forces.

Since their release, they have been sought after for media interviews and speaking invitations, and have met with President George W. Bush. Curry, 30, and Mercer, 24, are both graduates of Baylor University.

The two will also speak later that day to the spring luncheon meeting of the Samford Auxiliary.


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