A high-level Xerox executive who loves adventure, Quin joins a small group touring Yemen over Christmas 1998, and 19 tourists travel around that conservative Islamic country in five Toyota Land Cruisers. As the convoy heads south out of the mountains, it is intercepted by armed Yemeni kidnappers who apparently want hostages for a prisoner exchange. The Yemeni army stages a rescue attempt, and four tourists and two kidnappers are killed. Unlike a typical survivor of such an attack, Quin is not content to return to her cushy job and beautiful Rochester home. Desperate for information about the kidnappers, she scours the Internet researching their subsequent trial, their motives, and their prior political activities. In the summer of 2000, she resigns her job and becomes involved with global women's rights issues. She travels to Afghanistan, discovers her kidnappers' ties to Yemen's Aden-Abyan Islamic Army and the Taliban, and eventually returns to Yemen. Now running her own business in Anchorage, Alaska, Quin tells a remarkable story. Deborah DonovanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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At the moment when Mary Quin ripped an AK-47 from the hands of a wounded kidnapper and made her escape in the Yemen desert, she knew her life would never be the same. She and fifteen fellow tourists had been used as human shields in a terrifying gun battle between the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army and Yemeni troops. When the shooting stopped, four hostages and two kidnappers were dead.
In Kidnapped in Yemen, author Mary Quin details her experiences as an avid traveler and women's rights advocate, a rewarding life filled with extraordinary adventures that led to a tour of Yemen, one of the most conservative Islamic countries in the world. But her exotic vacation quickly turned into a gripping account of ambush and captivity, violence and imminent death.
Lucky to be among those who survived the rescue unharmed, Quin returned to the United States. Amid a barrage of media attention, including an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she attempted to resume her corporate career but found herself preoccupied with trying to understand why the kidnapping occurred.
Her fascinating personal journey through murky militant Islam and clandestine terrorist groups led her back to Yemen to try to piece together the puzzle-talking to then Yemeni Prime Minister Abdel Karim al-Iryani, British embassy staff, the FBI, prisoners accused of terrorism, and others involved in the kidnapping and the disastrous aftermath of the rescue. Her inquiries also took her to London to meet Abu Hamza al-Masri, a legendary cleric with hooks for hands and ties to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army.
Kidnapped in Yemen is the unforgettable firsthand account of this remarkable woman's unusual story of curiosity, survival, and healing.