Kidnapping victim to write book about time spent as hostage

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. -- A missionary held hostage in the Philippines for more than a year before a June rescue operation that killed her husband plans to write a book, her publicist said.

Gracia Burnham's story of being held hostage with her husband, Martin, will be published next spring by Tyndale House Publishers, publicist Nancy Guthrie said Monday.

"I want to tell the real story of our captivity -- about our ordeal, about how it affected our relationship with each other and with God, about the terrorists who held us, about the actions of the U.S. and Philippine governments ..." Burnham said.

The Burnhams, of nearby Rose Hill, and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap were the last hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf rebels after a kidnapping spree that stretched over a year.

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